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A system of canals in semilunar menisci.
  1. M D Bird,
  2. M B Sweet
  1. Bone and Joint Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Johannesburg.


    Semilunar menisci of young calves, and infants and young children were examined with the scanning electron microscope and the light microscope. Canal-like structures were noted opening onto the surface of the menisci. After filling the joints with Indian ink, ink was noted within canal-like structures deep in the substance of the tissue. The canals may play a part in the transport of fluid within the meniscus, or may carry nutrients from the synovial fluid or the blood vessels to the avascular sections of the meniscus.

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