Parrot beak meniscal tear

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert

Presentation

Known osteoarthritis of the knee. Acute pain and effusion after minor trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male
Modality: MRI

MRI shows a tear in the mid-portion of the medial menicus with inferior displacement of a fragment between the capsule (menisco-tibial ligament) and the tibia. Preexisting high-grade chondropathy in the medial femoro-tibial and retropatellar compartments of the joint.

Case Discussion

The form of this meniscal tear on transverse sections ressembles the upper beak of a parrot when viewed from the side. 

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Case Information

rID: 17834
Case created: 16th May 2012
Last edited: 19th Jan 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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