Posterior cruciate ligament tear

Case contributed by Dr Adam Ramsey

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Falling on her knee while playing soccer.

Patient Data

Age: 16 years
Gender: Female

The mid-substance posterior cruciate ligament fibers are interrupted and poorly defined. There is also edema within the popliteal muscle.

Case Discussion

This is a classical case of posterior cruciate ligament tear. An injury to the posterior cruciate ligament is classified as:

  • Grade I: PCL partial tear.
  • Grade II: PCL partial tear and the ligament is looser than in grade I.
  • Grade III: PCL is completely torn and the knee becomes unstable. 
  • Grade IV: PCL is torn along another ligament in the knee.
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Case information

rID: 69219
Published: 3rd Jul 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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