- •The diagnostic value of diagnostic tests for detecting meniscal tears is debated.
- •The McMurray test is more accurate than the joint line tenderness test.
- •The accuracy of the McMurray test is low to moderate.
- •The McMurray is useful in patients with highly suspected meniscal tears.
To determine the overall diagnostic accuracy of the McMurray and joint line tenderness (JLT) tests for the detection of meniscal lesions.
Secondary analysis of a prospective observational study.
Orthopedics outpatient clinic, university hospital.
Patients (N=56) with suspected nonacute meniscal lesions who underwent knee arthroscopy.
Main Outcome Measures
Diagnostic accuracy of the McMurray and JLT tests as determined by receiver operator characteristic analysis.
The McMurray test showed higher accuracy (area under the curve [AUC], .69; SE, .079) than the JLT test (AUC, .58; SE, .084).
The McMurray test, although presenting a higher diagnostic accuracy than the JLT test, does not suffice as a standalone diagnostic procedure for chronic meniscal lesions. The test may still be valuable to guide the diagnosis in cases with highly suspected meniscal tears.
List of abbreviations:AUC (area under the curve), JLT (joint line tenderness), ROC (receiver operating characteristic)
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Published online: October 19, 2016
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