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The long awaited MRI results are in….

Drum roll please…….And the winner is……tear of the meniscus.. 😦  A horizontal cleavage tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus to be exact.  AND and a special bonus that only 5% of meniscus tears get…a parameniscal cyst (I guess I’m an overachiever).  Awesome right?  Yeah that’s what I thought too, awesome.  Well, I haven’t seen the doctor yet to hear what he thinks but I got the results mailed to me.  I thought they would send the MRI pictures, but they sent a diagnosis in words.  That is probably better since I’ve been studying MRI pictures online for a month now and still have see what the descriptions are talking about.

What is a parameniscal cyst….good question, here is the answer,

Definition: A meniscal cyst is an outpouching of joint fluid caused by a tear within the meniscus. Meniscal cysts are most commonly seen near the lateral meniscus (outside of the knee) and are associated with a specific type of meniscal tear called a horizontal cleavage tear. Meniscal cysts can be drained with a needle in the office, but they will often come back. The reason for the return of the meniscal cyst is that the tear that leads to the cyst must also be treated. The meniscal cysts are usually best treated with arthroscopic treatment of the meniscal tear. The meniscal cyst will usually decompress and less commonly returns.

Meniscal cysts are related to popliteal or Baker’s cysts–however, these types of cysts are located in the back of the knee joint.

Although, my tear was not in the lateral meniscus, but the medial (inner part of knee).  So my original thought of an inflamed bursa sac was incorrect, it was actually the cyst that was bulging out of my knee, I guess.  At least it is much smaller now, 6mm to be exact.

I’m not too worried.  Although not the greatest news, I can handle it.  I will have a doctor visit hopefully sometime next week to get his thoughts on the next step.  Meanwhile I will strengthen my leg muscles as much as possible to help with a speedy rehab (assuming of course, I go under the knife).

I am confident in a quick and full recovery.  Boston Marathon plans will obviously have to be put on hold until next year.

Not mine, but an MRI of cyst and tear

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  1. QN
    February 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

    That’s a baby tear, you don’t even need the menuscuss repaired

  2. rosemary cortez
    March 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I have a tear posterior horn medial meniscus with small para meniscal cyst. What do you think about by recovery time. Do you think I will be able to workout at the gym and do running. How long do you think? Thanks Rosemary I have read some horor stories

  3. rosemary cortez
    March 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, thankyou for considering my questions about the cyst. I just want you to notify me of follow up comment via email Rosemary

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