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Q. My son gets popping sound in knee. Does his MRI indicate any need for surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Chawla
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 28, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 17, 2021

Hi doctor,

My son aged 7 has a snapping sound from the left knee lately without complaining of any pain. He had an MRI done for his left knee. The MRI opinion is as follows: There is a discoid lateral meniscus, significant swelling of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus and intrameniscal abnormal signal intensity indicating a degenerative tear. Does it mean that a surgery is needed to correct this? If yes, then should surgery be done soon? Is there any other possible treatment to avoid surgery? Thank you.

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  • I understand your concern regarding surgical management and also, because of the fact there is no pain.
  • Surgical management is indicated in case of symptomatic discoid meniscus and a popping or snapping sound is an indication for surgery. It can be managed by arthroscopic surgery with minimal incision.
  • Surgery will be required sooner or later. The earlier the surgery is carried out for a symptomatic discoid meniscus, the better it is for the joint.

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