Parrot beak meniscal tear

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Parrot beak meniscal tears are a type of oblique meniscal tear which is connected in one plane and displaced in the other plane. Its appearance on axial images is curved like a crescent and is likened to that of a parrot's beak. The tear gap has a curved V-shape. 

Some authors advise that the term should be reserved for arthroscopy reports, and not used in MRI reports as a meniscal tear pattern descriptor 1.

Knee pathology

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

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rID: 39386
Section: Signs
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Parrot beak tears
  • Oblique flap tear with a horizontal component
  • Parrot beak meniscal tears
  • Parrot beak tear of meniscus

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