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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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?
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.
Charles Webster, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati