Bucket-handle meniscal tear

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Bucket-handle meniscal tears are a type of displaced longitudinal meniscal tear where the inner part is displaced centrally. They more commonly occur in the medial meniscus and are often associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears

Radiographic features


Bucket-hand tears can manifest as sensitive but not specific signs 1:

Knee pathology

The knee is a complex synovial joint that can be affected by a range of pathologies:

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Article information

rID: 59169
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bucket-handle tear of medial meniscus
  • Bucket-handle tear
  • Bucket handle tear of medial meniscus
  • Bucket handle meniscal tear
  • Bucket handle meniscal tear

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with double PCL sign
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  • Case 3: of the lateral meniscus
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