AJSM 2014

Meniscal root tears present in many forms and can have profound consequences on the health of knee articular cartilage. While the biomechanics, natural history, and treatment of root tears have been increasingly investigated, the spectrum of meniscal root tear patterns observed during arthroscopic examination has yet to be defined and categorized. The purpose of this study is to establish a classification system for meniscal root tears by reporting the morphology of meniscal root tears from a consecutive series of arthroscopic surgeries. It was hypothesized that meniscal root tears could be grouped into types by distinct tear patterns and that recognition of tear pattern would affect treatment choice. This study demonstrated that it was possible to establish a concise classification system to group patients with meniscal root tears by tear morphology. Treatments received varied across tear types.

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