The Windsweep Index: A method of evaluating pelvic asymmetry and monitoring the efficacy of treatment in cerebral palsy

N. M A Portinaro, K. Owers, J. Pyman, M. F. Gargan

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Abstract

Progressive asymmetry of the pelvis is frequently observed in total body involved cerebral palsy (CP) children, when opposite contractures and deformities affect the two sides of the body. This asymmetry is important in terms of difficulty in standing and seating stability and if untreated can lead to bilateral dislocation of the hip. The visual term 'Windsweep' has been used to describe this deformity. We present an equation to determine the extent of this asymmetry - the 'Windsweep' Index (WSI). This can be used as a numerical assessment of the deformity and to assess the efficacy of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
JournalHIP International
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Pelvic asymmetry
  • Windsweep index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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