Medial meniscal root tear

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Recent trauma. Now medial knee pain. ? medial mensical tear.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female
Modality: MRI

Tear at the junction of the posterior horn medial meniscus and its attachment of the tibial eminence. This is known as the meniscal root.

Case Discussion

These tears are unusual and occur either as an acute injury in young patients or as a degenerative process in older patients. As the meniscus is reasonably well vascularised at the root, surgical repair is recommended in younger patients. In older patients with degeneration there is often associated chondral damage thus repair is more problematic and can fail.

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Case Information

rID: 38945
Case created: 12th Aug 2015
Last edited: 26th Dec 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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