Meniscal click as a predictor of meniscal pathology
Researchers evaluated 104 client-owned dogs with cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) deficiency.
All stifles underwent a standardized examination for meniscal click before anesthesia and during anesthesia. Presence or absence of a medial meniscal tear and diagnosis of tear morphology were confirmed with arthroscopic examination.
Complete CCL tears were noted in 93 dogs, and incompetent partial tears were noted in 18 dogs.
Medial meniscal tears were noted in 40.5% of dogs, including bucket handle tears in 65.6% of tears.
Frays of the lateral meniscus were noted in 6.3% of dogs.
Examination for meniscal click before anesthesia was 38% sensitive and 94.5% specific, and after anesthesia evaluation was 38% sensitive and 98.2% specific for all meniscal tear morphologies.
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