During the past years a number of arthrotomies in women have been done with the presumptive diagnosis of a tear of the meniscus. In a disproportionately large number, the preoperative diagnosis was not confirmed and no tear of the meniscus could be identified. Even in the hands of experienced, responsible orthopedic surgeons, the diagnosis of meniscal tear in a woman is often incorrect. There are several reasons for this and many other pathologic factors that might give rise to the symptoms simulating meniscal tear are involved.
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