Meniscectomies in children. Report of long-term results (mean, 8.3 years) of 26 children

Am J Sports Med. Mar-Apr 1980;8(2):87-92. doi: 10.1177/036354658000800205.


Controversy exists over the management of the pediatric patient with a suspected tear of the meniscus. Twenty-six patients who underwent uncomplicated meniscectomy during a period of open epiphyseal plates were reviewed by personal followup. The average followup of these 26 patients was 8.3 years. Ligamentous laxity, early degenerative arthritis, and symptomatic knee pain were found; only 42% demonstrated an excellent or good result. Intensive preoperative evaluation and conservative management of selected meniscal lesions in children are recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arthritis / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Injuries / surgery*
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery
  • Pain / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*