Posterior Root Avulsion Fracture of the Medial Meniscus in a Skeletally Immature Child: A Case Report

JBJS Case Connect. 2021 Jul 15;11(3). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.20.00765.


Case: We describe a rare case of posterior root avulsion fracture of the medial meniscus in an 11-year-old boy. Previous reports have demonstrated delayed diagnosis, but in this case, multiplanar computed tomography (CT) combined with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enabled early diagnosis and treatment. Gradual ossification was observed after arthroscopic suture fixation, and meniscal extrusion did not progress. He returned to sports without any symptoms and showed no degenerative changes at 2.5 years postoperatively.

Conclusion: This is the first case report of early diagnosis and time-course analysis of a rare avulsion fracture, emphasizing the usefulness of CT combined with MRI.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Fractures, Avulsion* / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Avulsion* / pathology
  • Fractures, Avulsion* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / pathology
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries* / pathology
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries* / surgery