Table 1

Mean (SD) levels of iron in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in cigarette smokers and non-smokers

BALF iron (ng/ml)BALF iron/albumin (ng/μg)ELF iron (μg/ml)
Non-smoker controls7.2  (2.8)15 0.4  (0.2)15 1.8  (0.9)15
8.5 (2.9)24 0.2 (0.0)24
Smoker controls48.3 (10.5)15 4.2 (1.4)15 14.0 (5.5)15
  • BALF = bronchoalveolar lavage fluid; ELF = epithelial lining fluid.

  • Superscript numbers are reference numbers.