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Valgus Knee(I)-Pathology

Mar. 03, 2020

Valgus Knee(I)-Pathology

Valgus knee deformity is a challenge in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and it is observed in nearly 10 % of patients undergoing TKA.

The valgus deformity is sustained by anatomical variations divided into bone remodelling and soft tissue contraction/elongation.

Valgus Knee(I)-Pathology Valgus Knee(I)-Pathology

Bone tissue variations consist of lateral cartilage erosion, lateral condylar hypoplasia, osteophytes, metaphyseal femur and tibial plateau remodeling.


Soft tissue variations are represented by tightening of lateral structures: superficial ones, iliotibial band (ITB), lateral retinaculum(LR), the lateral head of the gastrocnemius (LHG), the lateral head of the hamstring tendons (LHHT); deep ones, popliteus tendon (POP), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), arcuate ligament(AL), posterolateral capsule (PLC), gastrocnemius- fibula tendons(GFT), lateral patellofemoral ligament(LPFL)


In the valgus knee, the iliotibial band (ITB), which inserts at Gerdy's tubercle, is the most important of these structures and the main source of the deformity in extension. The transverse and longitudinal fibres of ITB participate in the composition of lateral retinaculum (LR), whose contraction can lead to a patellar lateral subluxation tendency. The tibial external rotation increases in flexion because of the traction of ITB.