Windswept knees

Windswept knees refer to the appearance of a bilateral knee deformity where one knee is in valgus and the other is in varus. The name describes the position of the knees if the wind blew across the legs of a patient, causing the contralaterally opposing deformity.

Etiology

Most causes produce secondary osteoarthritis of the medial compartment in one knee (varus) and lateral compartment in the contralateral knee (valgus). Primary causes include: 

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 87110
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Windswept knee

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: due to OA
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