Statistical evaluation of the diagnostic criteria for meniscal tears

Int Orthop. 1990;14(4):341-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00182641.


The accuracy of diagnosis was tested in a prospective study of 145 patients who were arthroscoped because a meniscal tear was suspected clinically. Multiple variate analysis was used to evaluate 68 different clinical parameters. The clinical accuracy was 61% as a tear was demonstrated in 88 knees; 73 of these tears were associated with other intraarticular abnormalities. Thirteen knees were entirely normal at arthroscopy. It was possible to predict a meniscal tear in 8 out of 10 patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Discriminant Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*