Trendelenburg gait

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glu·te·us me·di·us gait

compensatory during the stance phase of gait list of body (or throw of trunk) to the weak gluteal side, to place the center of gravity over the supporting lower extremity.
Synonym(s): Trendelenburg gait

Trendelenburg gait

[trendel′ənbərg, tren′d(e)lənboo͡rg′]
Etymology: Friedrich Trendelenburg, German surgeon, 1844-1924
an abnormal gait associated with a weakness of the gluteus medius. It is characterized by the dropping of the pelvis on the unaffected side of the body at the moment of heelstrike on the affected side. In this deviation the pelvic drop during the walking cycle lasts until heelstrike on the unaffected side and is accompanied by an apparent lateral protrusion of the affected hip. The person with a Trendelenburg gait also shortens the step on the unaffected side and displays a lateral deviation of the entire trunk and the affected side during the stance phase of the affected lower limb. This gait is one of the more common gait deviations. Also called uncompensated gluteal gait. Compare compensated gluteal gait.

Tren·de·len·burg sign

, Trendelenburg gait (tren'del'en-burg sīn, gāt)
A physical examination finding associated with various hip abnormalities (congenital dislocation, hip abductor weakness, rheumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis) in which the pelvis sags on the side opposite the affected side during single-leg stance on the affected side; during gait, compensation occurs by leaning the torso toward the involved side during stance phase on the affected extremity.


Friedrich, German surgeon, 1844-1924.
Brodie-Trendelenburg test - see under Brodie, Sir Benjamin C
reverse Trendelenburg position - supine position, without flexing or extending, in which the head is higher than the feet.
steep Trendelenburg position
Trendelenburg cannula
Trendelenburg gait
Trendelenburg limp
Trendelenburg lurch
Trendelenburg operation - pulmonary embolectomy.
Trendelenburg position - a supine position on the operating table, used during and after operations in the pelvis or for shock.
Trendelenburg sign - in congenital dislocation of the hip or in hip abductor weakness, the pelvis will sag on the side opposite to the dislocation when the hip and knee of the normal side is flexed.
Trendelenburg symptom - a waddling gait in paresis of the gluteal muscles, as in progressive muscular dystrophy. Synonym(s): Trendelenburg waddle
Trendelenburg tampon
Trendelenburg test - a test of the valves of the leg veins.
Trendelenburg vein ligation
Trendelenburg waddle - Synonym(s): Trendelenburg symptom
References in periodicals archive ?
Trendelenburg gait, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome or anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
Depending on the size of the tear, patients with abductor tendon pathology may present with a Trendelenburg gait and reduced resisted abduction strength accompanied by pain.
Fortunately, both patients were able to sit and climb stairs comfortably by their 3-month postoperative follow-up appointments, and neither walked with a clinical limp or Trendelenburg gait.
On examination the child had Trendelenburg gait, exaggerated lumbar lordosis, shortening of left lower limb (fig.