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Table 1 Characteristics of pediatric patients with supracondylar femoral fractures treated with locking plates and external fixations

From: Locking plate versus external fixation in the treatment of displaced femoral supracondylar fracture in children

VariableLocking plateExternal fixationp*
Age (year)10.1 ± 2.37.6 ± 2.30.009
Fractured limb (number of patients)  1.000
 Left7 (53.8%)9 (60.0%) 
 Right6 (46.2%)6 (40.0%) 
Fractured type (number of patients)  0.448
 Transverse3 (23.1%)7 (46.7%) 
 Oblique/spiral4 (30.8%)3 (20.0%) 
 Comminuted6 (46.1%)5 (33.3%) 
Cause of injury (number of patients)  0.841
 Fall8 (61.5%)7 (46.7%) 
 Vehicle accident5 (38.5%)7 (46.7%) 
 Other0 (0.0%)1 (6.6%) 
AO classification  0.393
 33A13 (23.1%)7 (46.7%) 
 33A24 (30.8%)3 (20.0%) 
 33A36 (46.1%)4 (26.7%) 
 33C10 (0.0%)1 (6.6%) 
Open/close fracture  0.044
 Open0 (0.0%)5 (33.3%) 
 Close13 (100.0%)10 (66.7%) 
Follow-up time (month)54.8 ± 28.8 (24.0–112.0)33.9 ± 7.1 (24.0–50.0)0.024
  1. *Fisher’s exact test