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What is a Grade 2 meniscal tear?

Grade 2 meniscal changes on MRI are linear signals confined within the meniscus thought to represent areas of meniscal degeneration or intrasubstance tears. It has been reported that in only 10% of cases is a meniscal tear detected during subsequent arthroscopy.

How do you grade a meniscus tear?

Meniscus tears, indicated by MRI, are classified in three grades. Grades 1 and 2 are not considered serious. They may not even be apparent with an arthroscopic examination. Grade 3 is a true meniscus tear and an arthroscope is close to 100 percent accurate in diagnosing this tear.

Do Parameniscal cysts go away?

Surgery to remove a parameniscal cyst is very rarely needed. Once the tear is treated the cyst will usually go away on its own.

How is a Parameniscal cyst treated?

The cyst may be aspirated using local anesthetic and a small needle to remove the cysts’ contents. However, this is usually only temporarily effective, and the fluid returns. Some physicians may advocate instilling a small amount of cortisone into the cyst. Surgery may be recommended as definitive treatment.

Are Parameniscal cysts painful?

A meniscal cyst is a collection of joint fluid caused by a tear within the meniscus cartilage, the joint pad over the knee. It may have no symptoms, or it may cause pain, swelling, or mechanical issues with the knee.

Do you need surgery for a meniscus tear?

A tear that gives you a lot of pain or impairs use of your knee may require surgery to remove or repair the torn part of the meniscus. Complex tears usually require surgery to trim the damaged part of the meniscus.

Will CT scan show meniscus tear?

In this group, the overall accuracy of MRI for detecting a torn meniscus was 89.5% and for CT it was 92.2%. Properly performed, both CT and MRI are accurate and effective methods for noninvasively evaluating meniscal abnormalities in the acutely injured knee.