Valgus Lower-Limb Deformity in the Juvenile Amputee

DOUGLAS KIBURZ, MD AND RAE JACOBS, MD*Kansas City, Kansas


The clinical course of five juvenile amputees has demonstrated a variety of presentations of genu valgum. The valgus deformity, existing in congenital as well as acquired amputations, has manifested itself as patellar subluxation and knee-flexion contracture and in a wide range of abnormalities. Each case was reviewed through numerous surgical, nonsurgical and prosthetic interventions. The pitfalls of diagnosis and treatment were discussed and conclusions based on considerable clinical experience were drawn with special attention directed toward the child in the physiologic valgus age range.

*University of Kansas School of Medicine, 39th and Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103