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Change of signal intensity in the displaced medial meniscus after its reduction on MRI.
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PMID:  22684428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To compare magnetic resonance (MR) signal intensity in the medial meniscus at the time of displacement and after its reduction in patients with a displaced bucket-handle tear of the meniscus associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. METHODS: Nine chronic ACL-deficient patients (3 male, 6 female, mean age 29 years) with locking due to a displaced fragment of the medial meniscus following a bucket-handle tear were involved in this study. In all patients, the following two-stage surgeries were planned as follows: first operation, arthroscopic reduction of the meniscus; second operation, meniscal repair and ACL reconstruction after immobilization for 1-2 weeks. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation using coronal T2*-weighted images was performed when the knee was locked and after the meniscus was reduced. Signal intensity before and after meniscal reduction was compared in the same patients. RESULTS: In 8 of the 9 patients, the displaced fragment exhibited high signal intensity in 1 patient and mildly high in 7 patients. After its reduction, the signal intensity changed to low in all 8 patients. CONCLUSIONS: A high-intensity signal in the displaced fragment of the medial meniscus may change to low after its reduction to its original position. Therefore, at the time of decision-making regarding meniscus repair for a displaced meniscus in a locked knee, surgeons should give priority to arthroscopic findings rather than to signal intensity on MRI. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Diagnostic study, Level III.
Masayuki Hamada; Tomohiro Matsui; Kazutaka Kinugasa; Kenji Yoneda; Shuji Horibe; Konsei Shino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1433-7347     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9314730     Medline TA:  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Hoshigaoka Kosei Nenkin Hospital, 4-8-1 Hoshigaoka Hirakata, Osaka, 573-8511, Japan,
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