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Table 2 Sputum cell counts

From: Increased levels of soluble interleukin-6 receptor and CCL3 in COPD sputum

  COPD S HNS p-value (ANOVA)
Neutrophil% 69.5 (23.8)* 54 (25.1) 38.7 (27.2) 0.0003
Macrophage% 26.6 (23.7)**§ 48.7 (28.4) 46.3 (33.1) 0.0033
Eosinophil %^ 1.3 (0–23.3)*† 0 (0–1.5) 0 (0–2.5) <0.0001
Lymphocyte % 0.1 (0.4) 0.1 (0.5) 0.02 (0.06) ns
TCC*106 3.3 (3.6)** 2.9 (4.4) 0.7 (0.7) ns
TCC/g*106 3.5 (3) 2.9 (3.2) 2.4 (2.2) ns
Neutrophil TCC/g*106 2.6 (2.8)*† 0.3 (0.2) 0.3 (0.2) 0.0004
Macrophage TCC/g*106 0.7 (0.7) 0.5 (0.8) 0.4 (0.5) ns
Eosinophil TCC/g*106^ 0.03 (0–1.5) ‡¶ 0 (0–0.02) 0 (0–0.01) <0.0001
Lymphocyte TCC/g*106 0.003 (0.007) 0.001 (0.002) 0.0001 (0.001) ns
  1. Data is presented as mean (SD) with the exception of ^eosinophil % and eosinophil TCC/g which are presented as median (range). Explanation of abbreviations: TCC Total cell count, TCC/g Total cell count/gram *p < 0.001 COPD vs HNS, **p < 0.05 COPD vs HNS, §p < 0.05 COPD vs S, †p < 0.001 COPD vs S, ‡p < 0.0001 COPD vs HNS, ¶ p < 0.0001 COPD vs S.