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Offline dennisg

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possible meniscus tear and mri
« on: October 27, 2009, 12:55:21 PM »
I've had knee pain for six months, cannot fully flex my left knee, and have been advised by my os prior to an mri that he has a 95% confidence that I have a meniscus tear.  The mri has now revealed the following:  "There is a an abnormal signal in the posterior horn in the medial meniscus and there is a linear higher intensity focus just beneath the inferior margin of the posterior horn without demonstration of communication to a free edge."  Does anyone know what this means?
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Re: possible meniscus tear and mri
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009, 02:52:32 PM »
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The posterior horn is the bit of the meniscus at the back, and a high signal indicates that it seems as if there is a problem there. The fact that it is linear suggests a tear, as opposed to something llike meniscal degeneration. The inferior margin means that this signal is on the undersurface of the posterior horn. The lack of demonstration of communication to a free edge suggests that it is not a radial tear, ie one that cuts through to the free edge of the meniscus.
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Re: possible meniscus tear and mri
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Re: possible meniscus tear and mri
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 03:14:17 PM »
If the tear doesn't seem to be a radial tear, would it have to be a peripheral tear?  Would it tear only between the edges?