Table 1

Lateral meniscus tears left in situ during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

AuthornMean length of tear (mm)Type of tearSelection criteria for treatmentMean follow-up (months)Clinical assessmentClinical score/100Pain or mechanical symptoms (%) without treatmentMeniscectomy or repair (%)Anatomical controlHealingProcedure
Weiss59IncompleteIncomplete29 (6–79)Lysholm022Arthroscopy55% Healed
22.5% Unhealed
22.5% Extended
Left untreated
15Full thickness tearStable27.3 (6–100)01.345.6% Healed
40% Unhealed
13.4% Extended
Talley1225<15Full thickness tearStable38Yes04Left untreated
Pierre143510±4 (5−20)Full thickness tearStable <20 mm48IKDC0Left untreated
Yagishita184210.8 (5–25)18 Incomplete
24 Full thickness tears
Stable <15 mm18.3IKDC77.1Arthroscopy74% Healed
5% Partially healed
14% Unhealed
7% Tear extended
Left untreated
Zemanovic2223IncompleteIncomplete24.6Lysholm92.10Left untreated
Shelbourne17239Full thickness tearStable79Noyes93.82.53.3Left untreated /abrasion–trephination
Fitzgibbons11189Full thickness and incomplete tearsStable31.2Noyes92.2 (48–100)00Abrasion–trephination
Lynch1222Stable45.6 (36–120)Yes180Left untreated
Beaufils168Full thickness tearStable26 (12–40)Yes00Arthroscopy (2) or arthrography (11)61% Healing
38% Partial healing
1% Unhealed
Left untreated
Ichinohe1911Small or incompletePosterior to popliteus tendon16No_00Arthroscopy71.7% Healed, 28.3% partially or unhealedLeft untreated
Uchio231310–33IncompleteIncomplete225.7%0Arthroscopy71.5% Healed
22.8% Partially healed
5.7% Unhealed
Rasping
22Full thickness tearStable
Duchman131129.5±3.9IncompleteNone>72?1.5NoLeft untreated
25Full thickness tear0.7
Lee75350.9% Radial, 41.5% longitudinal, 7.5% small flapsStable36.5IKDC87.60%0Arthroscopy75% Healed
17.9% Partially healed
7.1% Unhealed
Left untreated
Lysholm91.3