An MRI-based suspension bridge sign can predict an arthroscopically favorable meniscal healing following the medial meniscus posterior root repair

Takayuki Furumatsu, Yuki Okazaki, Takaaki Hiranaka, Yuya Kodama, Yusuke Kamatsuki, Yoshiki Okazaki, Ximing Zhang, Toshifumi Ozaki

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Abstract

Background: Medial meniscus (MM) posterior root repairs show favorable clinical outcomes in patients with MM posterior root tears (MMPRTs). However, there is no useful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) finding to determine a functionally good meniscal healing following MM posterior root repairs. We hypothesized that a characteristic postoperative MRI finding can predict a good meniscal healing following pullout repairs. The aim of this study was to investigate a clinical usefulness of several MRI findings for estimating an actual meniscal healing following MMPRT repairs. Methods: Fifty eight patients who had a posteromedial painful popping of the injured knee and underwent an arthroscopic pullout repair for the MMPRT were included. Arthroscopic meniscal healing was assessed according to the Furumatsu scoring system at 1 year postoperatively. We evaluated postoperative MRI-based meniscal healing using signal intensity, continuity, suspension bridge-like sign of the MM posterior root, and MM medial extrusion on coronal images. Postoperative clinical outcome evaluations were performed at second-look arthroscopy. Results: Twenty three patients showed good arthroscopic healing scores (≥7 points). Thirty five patients had moderate/poor arthroscopic healing scores (<7 points). At 1-year follow-up period, clinical outcome scores were significantly higher in the good healing group than in the moderate/poor healing group. A characteristic meniscal shape, termed “suspension bridge sign”, was highly observed in the good meniscal healing group (83%) compared with in the moderate/poor healing group (26%, P < 0.001). High signal intensity and continuity of the MM posterior root and MM medial extrusion showed no differences between both groups. Conclusions: Our study demonstrated that the MRI-based suspension bridge sign can predict an arthroscopically favorable meniscal healing following the MM posterior root repair. The suspension bridge-like MRI finding of the MM would be a useful indicator to evaluate the actual meniscal healing in patients who underwent pullout repairs for MMPRTs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Science
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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