Gait pattern and lower extremity alignment in children with Morquio syndrome

J Pediatr Orthop B. 2013 Jan;22(1):59-62. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32835a0e6d.


The gait in children with Morquio syndrome (MPS IV) has not been previously described. We reviewed the charts, gait analysis reports, and radiographs of nine children with no previous lower extremity surgery. Children with MPS IV had a slower walking speed, reduced cadence, and reduced stride length as compared with normal (P<0.05). There was increased knee flexion, genu valgus, and external tibial torsion during stance (P<0.05). Kinetics showed that knee varus moment was increased (P<0.05). There was a strong correlation between genu valgus measured on gait analysis and standing radiographs (r=0.89).

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity Deformities, Congenital / etiology
  • Lower Extremity Deformities, Congenital / physiopathology*
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis IV / complications
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis IV / physiopathology*
  • Retrospective Studies