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Incidental Meniscal Findings on Knee MRI 

Incidental Meniscal Findings on Knee MRI
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Incidental Meniscal Findings on Knee MRI
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Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0033
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter, found in the bone, joint, and extremity pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the frequency of incidental findings on knee magnetic resonance imaging. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. Incidental meniscal damage on MRI was shown to be common in the general population, especially among the elderly, and is not necessarily attributable to patients’ knee symptoms. Authors advise those interpreting MRI reports and planning interventions that there is a high prevalence of incidental tears even among those without knee symptoms. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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