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Sports Medicine

Meniscus tear

09/03/2008

Question:

What is a complex tear involving the body and posterior horn of the medial meniscus. The tear has both a horizontal and a vertical components extending to both the superior and inferior articular surface, this has progressed since the prior studies. Oblique grade 3 signal involving the posterior horn of the medial meniscus.

Is a grade 3 signal bad? Is it worse than a grade 1 or grad2 2?

Answer:

The description is pretty self explanatory in that the tear is not just a simple linear tear but rather has multiple directions of tearing through multiple directions.  The signal relates to the amount of swelling within the meniscus.  Grade 3 just means that the amount of swelling is greater than that seen with Grade 1 or 2.  The bottom line is that the meniscus is torn and treatment will depend on the limitation of your activities and severity of symptoms. 

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Response by:

Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati