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Table 3 Radiographic parameters comparison immediately and 1 year after surgery

From: Treating AO/OTA 44B lateral malleolar fracture in patients over 50 years of age: periarticular locking plate versus non-locking plate

 PLP (n = 34)TP (n = 38)p
 T0T1T1-T0 (ΔT)T0T1T1-T0 (ΔT) 
Distal fibula length (mm) [mean (SD)]27.0 (3.4)26.4 (3.0)1.1 (1.1)26.8 (3.1)25.4 (3.0)1.9 (1.3)0.002a,c**
Talus tilt angle ≥ 2° [n (%)]2 (5.9%)4 (11.8%)2 (5.9%)3 (7.9%)13 (34.2%)10 (26.3%)0.027b,c*
Fibula shortening (> 2 mm) [n (%)]05 (14.7%)5 (14.7%)016 (42.1%)16 (42.1%)0.018b,c*
Proximal screw loosening [n (%)] 0  2 (5.3%) 0.495b,d
Distal screw loosening [n (%)] 0  14 (36.8%) < 0.001b,d***
  1. T0 immediately after surgery, T1 1 year after surgery
  2. aMann-Whitney U test, bFisher’s exact test, cPLP(ΔT) vs. TP(ΔT), dPLP(T1) vs. TP(T1),*p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001