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My mri say that i have a slight superior displacement of the meniscal root. does that mean a tear?

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Dr. Michael Pushkarewicz
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Most likely yes.: The meniscus is "rooted" to the top of the shin bone or tibia at the front and back or anterior and posterior, respectively. Usually root tears occur at the posterior attachment.

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A 43-year-old female asked:

My MRI says that I have a slight superior displacement of the meniscal root. Does that mean I have a tear? Where is the meniscal root anyway?

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Dr. Jonathan Cluett
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Meniscal root: The meniscal root is where the meniscus attaches to the top of the shin bone. Most often, when an MRI shows an abnormally positioned meniscal root, the implication is that there's a tear. However, it is possible the abnormal position could be an anatomic variant, meaning it's just the way you're put together. This is where putting together your examination with the MRI helps lead to a diagnosis.

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Last updated Apr 16, 2015

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