Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the 77 patients evaluated

CharacteristicsValuesRange
Values are expressed as n (%) for qualitative variables and mean (SD) for quantitative variables.
HRCT=high resolution CT scan; FEV1=forced expiratory volume in 1 second; FVC=forced vital capacity.
Mean (SD) age (years)58 (14)16–76
Sex
    Women51 (66%)
    Men26 (34%)
Smoking history
    Smoker5 (6%)
    Ex-smoker11 (14%)
    Non-smoker61 (79%)
Aetiology of bronchiectasis
    Post-infectious52 (65%)
    Idiopathic20 (25%)
    Ciliary dyskinesia2 (3%)
    Young's syndrome1 (1%)
    Rheumatoid arthritis1 (1%)
    Immunological deficiency (IgG2 deficiency)1 (1%)
Chronic expectoration49 (64%)
Haemoptysis28 (36%)
Age at diagnosis
    <14 years42 (54%)
    >14 years35 (46%)
Mean (SD) HRCT score (%)39 (21)6–100
Type of bronchiectasis
    Cylindrical56 (73%)
    Cystic-varicose21 (27%)
Inflammatory infiltrates (HRCT scan)29 (38%)
Sinusitis (CT scan)28 (58%)
Forced spirometry
    FEV1 (l)2.0 (1.0)0.54–5.19
    FEV1 (%)75 (23)18–120
    FVC (l)2.9 (1.1)1.32–6.15
    FVC (%)82 (18)43–126
    FEV1/FVC (%)67 (13)