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Genu Varum (Children)

What is Genu Varum?

Genu Varum or Bowing of the Knee is a condition where the legs curve outward at the knees such that when standing, the knees do not touch.

This may be caused by:

  • Physiological factors for those under the age of 2
  • Rickets, Blount's disease (growth plate dysfunction of the inner aspect of knee), previous infection or injury
What are the signs & symptoms of Genu Varum?

There may be an obvious gap between the knees when standing with the feet together, which may affect one or both knees.

How is Genu Varum diagnosed?

X-rays will help determine the severity of the condition.

What are the treatment options for Genu Varum?

Surgical options include temporary tether of the normal outer growth plate at the knee in a younger child, or a permanent tether in an older child.

For an older adolescent who has stopped growing, a cut in the bone for realignment may be necessary.

If left untreated, the deformity of the knees may worsen with time.

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