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Related to Q angle: genu valgum
the angle formed by lines representing the pull of the quadriceps muscle and the axis of the patellar tendon.
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Q angleQuadriceps angle Orthopedics The angle of alignment of the quadriceps; a Q angle of ≥ 20º is considered abnormal and creates a lateral stress on the patella, predisposing it to pathologic changes; contrarily, a normal Q angle does not preclude regional problems–eg, it may underestimate the lateral force on the knee where there is an imbalance between the vastus medialis and lateralis muscles
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