Nonneoplastic disease
Meniscal tears

Author: Vijay Shankar, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised:9 July 2018, last major update January 2013

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Definition / general
  • Patients age 40+ years have fewer cells in meniscus and are more prone to degeneration and tears (Am J Sports Med 2007;35:103)
  • Most common site is medial meniscus; tears arise as clefts along circumferential collagen fibers that may extend to medial margin and create a tag
  • Surgery required for young active patients with tears due to athletics and older individuals with tears due to degeneration
Microscopic (histologic) description