Joint space narrowing after partial medial meniscectomy in the anterior cruciate ligament-intact knee.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Osteoarthritis of the knee is common after total medial meniscectomy. In anterior cruciate ligament-intact knees, the reported outcomes of partial medial meniscectomy are variable. Radiographic assessment using a posteroanterior weight-bearing view is a reliable tool for detecting minor medial joint space narrowing, which may be an early sign of osteoarthritis. Studies that assessed the effect of partial medial meniscectomy found a low percentage of patients with >50% joint narrowing at 10 to 15 years after surgery. Digital radiography, using a posteroanterior weight-bearing view, is a highly sensitive method for observing minor joint space narrowing in the involved knee. A recent study showed that 88% of patients who underwent partial medial meniscectomy had joint space narrowing of <2 mm, and none had narrowing >or=2 mm, at a mean follow-up of 12 years. Subjective results after partial medial meniscectomy are favorable, with 88% to 95% of patients reporting good to excellent results.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shelbourne, KD; Dickens, JF

Published Date

  • September 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 519 - 524

PubMed ID

  • 17761608

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1067-151X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5435/00124635-200709000-00002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States