A longitudinal tear of the meniscus follows the curvature of the crescentic shock absorber that comprises the meniscus.

longitudinal tear of the knee meniscus

Significant longitudinal tear of the meniscus - running along in the same direction as the main fibre bundles.

displaced longitudinal tear of the knee meniscus

Displaced longitudinal tear - or bucket-handle - may cause episodes of catching and locking.

to show MRI appearance of a longitudinal tear of the meniscus

To show how the tear would show up on a single MRI 'slice' through the tear (red line).

 

Healing of a longitudinal tear of the meniscus

Longitudinal tears are easier to repair than radial tears. They hold sutures well. If the tear is close to the outer rim where blood supply is good, a tear may often heal by itself.

Synonyms: 
Circumferential tear
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How the surgeon decides on management.

Types of meniscus tear

Illustrations of the types of tear one might see in the meniscus.

Short overview of how this surgeon decides which meniscal tear to repair

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

The knee meniscus: management of traumatic tears and degenerative lesions. Beaufils P, Becker, R, Kopf S, Matthieu O and Pujol N. EFORT Open Rev. 2017 May; 2(5): 195–203.

Meniscal Preservation is Important for the Knee Joint. Patil SS, Shekhar A and Tapasvi SR. Indian J Orthop. 2017 Sep-Oct; 51(5): 576–587.


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