Management of discoid lateral meniscus tears: Observations in 34 knees


      Purpose: The goal of this study was to evaluate arthroscopic partial resection of discoid lateral meniscus tears with an emphasis on radiographic evidence of degenerative changes after this procedure. Type of Study: Retrospective clinical study. Methods: Of 41 patients with an arthroscopic diagnosis of discoid meniscus over an 8-year period, 34 symptomatic lateral discoid meniscus tears in 33 patients were analyzed at an average follow-up of 5.6 years. The average age at operation was 19.8 years and most patients had vague and intermittent symptoms that caused delay in clinical diagnosis. Results: Eight patients were lost to follow-up and were excluded from the study. Magnetic resonance imaging, performed in 12 cases, and arthroscopy in all of these patients provided the precise diagnosis. All of the knees with symptomatic torn discoid menisci underwent arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. Only 1 Watanabe Wrisberg ligament type of discoid meniscus with posterior instability was totally meniscected. Based on Ikeuchi's grading, 39% of the knees had an excellent result, 46% had a good result, and 15% had a fair result; none of the results was poor. Conclusions: At an average 5-year follow-up, partial meniscectomy in patients with a Watanabe complete or incomplete discoid meniscus showed 85% good or excellent clinical results. However, a significant percentage of patients show femoral condyle flattening on radiography.
      Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 19, No 4 (April), 2003: pp 346–352


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