A meniscal tear is a tear through the substance of the meniscus, the shock absorber of the knee.
|An example of a longitudinal tear or circumferential tear of the meniscus.|
Options of management of meniscal tears
A small meniscus tear of the inner rim may be of little consequence. Larger tears may disrupt the mechanics of the meniscus by damaging the integrity of the fibre bundles. The surgeon may use his discretion as to whether the damaged part should be removed (meniscectomy) or repaired, but this will usually depend upon the location of the tear and the nature of the tear.
Reporting knee meniscal tears: technical aspects, typical pitfalls and how to avoid them. Bolog NV and Andreisek G. Insights Imaging. 2016 Jun; 7(3): 385–398.
See also -
- Longitudinal tear
- Horizontal cleavage tear
- Parrot-beak tear
- Bucket-handle tear
- Radial tear
- Flap tear