Meniscal injury in children: long-term results after meniscectomy

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 1997;5(2):77-9. doi: 10.1007/s001670050030.


Twenty-four children who underwent open total meniscectomy were reviewed and followed-up for an average of 16.1 years (range 6-33 years). There were 7 boys and 17 girls aged between 7 and 16 years (average 12.5 years). Excellent and good results were noted in 62.5% of the patients. Eighty-seven of the children showed radiographic degeneration of the knee joint. This study in a Chinese population indicates that meniscectomy is not a benign procedure in children, and total meniscectomy should be avoided as far as possible.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Injuries / surgery*
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rupture
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*
  • Treatment Outcome