Table 2

Induced sputum total and differential cell count and fluid analysis (ECP and albumin) when performed (A) without and (B) with methacholine challenge

Patient
no.
TCC
(A)
TCC
(B)
Mac
(A)
Mac
(B)
Neu
(A)
Neu
(B)
Eos
(A)
Eos
(B)
Lym
(A)
Lym
(B)
Epi
(A)
Epi
(B)
ECP
(A)
ECP
(B)
Alb
(A)
Alb

(B)
180016009.87.67679.413.812.80.4000.2664424
2803841522.483.576.41.50.400.400.2
3168088064.833.612.416.418421.20.43.67.6
4880184022.618.476.280.21.2100.200.2624142232136
51280224055.631.838.464.45.63.60.4000.2960208012801776
644080058.445.239.2510.20.423.40.20
732012857.64940.449.6001011.4403312040
89636067.261.411.216.220.821000.81.4
916028081.880.815.614.82.43.20.20.600.6480608120320
104809640.457.459.24200.2000.40.452096552384
1164033655.250.441.44534.200.40.409761104320728
1248024062.451.428.8427.25.61.60.800.212001520224632
1348033677.2732226.60.400.40.200.2
1433688029.426.469.272.80.80.4000.60.4600416152216
1580056062.66827.825.48.46.4001.20.2
1631253642.644.25.63.651.6520.2000.2
Median48046056.647.138.843.52.73.40.20.10.10.2612512232384
Range80–168096–22409.8–81.87.6–80.85.6–83.53.6–80.20–51.60–520–1.60–3.40–3.60–7.640–120033–2080120–128040–1776
Wilcoxonp = 0.32p = 0.08p = 0.06p = 0.49p = 0.69p = 0.22p = 1.0p = 0.37
R0.560.830.930.910.710.730.660.81
  • TCC = total cell count (no. cells/ml × 104); Mac = macrophages (%); Neu = neutrophils (%); Eos = eosinophils (%); Lym = lymphocytes (%); Epi = epithelial cells (%); ECP = μg/ml; albumin = μg/ml; R = coefficient of reliability.