Histological features of meniscal injury

  • Vinesh Senan Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
  • Jilsa Sucheendran Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
  • K H Prasad Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
  • K Balagopal Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India



Meniscus tissue is highly susceptible to injury and tears. As these are intrasynovial and lack cellularity, their healing potential is less. Any knowledge to the factors affecting the meniscal healing can help surgeons in treating meniscal injuries.

Hypothesis: Patient age is a predictor of the healing of meniscus tissue.

Study Design: Prospective study.Methods: Gross and histologic evaluation of torn meniscus tissue from 30 patients and 10 control menisci were performed. Histologic scoring system was used to access the tissue healing

Results: Patients age had a significant effect on the healing intention of the torn meniscus, with patients older than 40 years having significantly fewer meniscus cells than did those younger than 40 years. Further studies are needed to define the relative importance of the individual histologic findings in the clinical setting of meniscus tear and repair.Clinical

Relevance: Our findings show that menisci from patients older than 40 years may be more vulnerable to degeneration and re tear after repair than are menisci of younger patients.

Author Biographies

Vinesh Senan, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
Asst. Professor of Orthopaedics
Jilsa Sucheendran, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
Resident in Pathology
K H Prasad, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
Addl. Professor of Pathology
K Balagopal, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala India
Assoc. Professor of Orthopaedics


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How to Cite
SENAN, Vinesh et al. Histological features of meniscal injury. Kerala Journal of Orthopaedics, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 1, p. p 30-36, june 2011. Available at: <http://kjoonline.org/journal/index.php/kjo/article/view/12>. Date accessed: 18 feb. 2018.