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.
Published on Dec 28, 2016

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.

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopedics And Traumatology
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Hello,

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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.

For further information consult an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/orthopaedician-and-traumatologist

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