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Feb 22, 2021

The deep deltoid ligament (DDL) is a key stabilizer to the medial ankle and ankle mortise and can be disrupted in ligamentous supination external rotation type IV (LSER4) ankle fractures. The purpose of this study was to define the medial clear space (MCS) measurement on injury mortise radiographs that corresponds with complete DDL injury.

In conclusion, complete DDL injury was found on injury ankle mortise radiographs as MCS widening of ≥5.5 mm, which correlated with arthroscopic visualization of the PTT. Using this cutoff, surgeons can surmise the presence of a complete deltoid ligament injury, allowing for improved preoperative planning.


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