Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 104–112

MRI of displaced meniscal fragments

Pictorial Essay

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-011-2231-z

Cite this article as:
Dunoski, B., Zbojniewicz, A.M. & Laor, T. Pediatr Radiol (2012) 42: 104. doi:10.1007/s00247-011-2231-z


A torn meniscus frequently requires surgical fixation or debridement as definitive treatment. Meniscal tears with associated fragment displacement, such as bucket handle and flap tears, can be difficult to recognize and accurately describe on MRI, and displaced fragments can be challenging to identify at surgery. A displaced meniscal fragment can be obscured by synovium or be in a location not usually evaluated at arthroscopy. We present a pictorial essay of meniscal tears with displaced fragments in patients referred to a pediatric hospital in order to increase recognition and accurate interpretation by the radiologist, who in turn can help assist the surgeon in planning appropriate therapy.


Knee Children Meniscus Tear 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Dunoski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew M. Zbojniewicz
    • 1
  • Tal Laor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyChildren’s Hospital of MichiganDetroitUSA

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