Posterior cruciate ligament tear

Case contributed by Dr Nick Tarasov


Presents with knee pain, edema and instability after falling from motorbike.

Patient Data

Age: 38
Gender: Female

T1 and PD signal intensity heterogenety within PCL associated with its tear. ACL, lateral and medial menisci are unremarkable. A semimembranosus muscle bursitis connecting with joint cavity best seen on axial PDW images. Moderate synovitis and  suprapatellar bursitis are also seen. A small area of bone marrow edema within lateral femoral epicondyle and medial part of tibial plateau associated with its contusion.

Iso-hyperintense signal on PDW images within medial collateral ligament with its thickness reflecting its partial tear - grade 2.

Case Discussion

There is a quite rare case of PCL tear associated with MCL tear.

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Case information

rID: 39176
Published: 24th Aug 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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