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Q In patients with knee injury, what is the accuracy of the Thessaly test in detecting meniscal tears?
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blinded comparison of clinical tests with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
sports injuries outpatient clinic of a university hospital in Larissa, Greece.
213 patients (mean age 29 y, 74% men) who had a knee injury > 4 weeks previously with an initial diagnosis of meniscal tear based on history and mechanism of injury. Exclusion criteria: multiple knee injuries, previous knee surgery, signs of osteoarthritis, articular cartilage injuries, neurological and musculoskeletal degenerative and synovial disorders, or abnormal radiography results. 197 patients (mean age 31 y, 73% men) with lumbar spine or shoulder disorders but no knee symptoms or history of knee disorders formed a control group.
Description of tests:
patients in the …
For correspondence: Dr T Karachalios, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Hellenic Republic, Greece.
Source of funding: no external funding.
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