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A waddling gait is the style of walking that is seen in a patient with proximal myopathy.

It is characterised by:

  • a broad-based gait with a duck-like waddle to the swing phase
  • the pelvis drops to the side of the leg being raised
  • forward curvature of the lumbar spine
  • marked body swing

This gait may also be seen in patients with congenital hip dislocation and pregnancy.

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