Table 1

Baseline demographic characteristics, eNO values, and percentage BAL fluid eosinophils in the three groups (n=71)

ParameterSubjects with asthma (n=29)Non-atopic control subjecds (n=27)Atopic control subjects (n=15)
ICS = inhaled corticosteroids; eNO = exhaled nitric oxide; IQR = interquartile range; BAL = bronchoalveolar lavage.
Median (IQR) age (years)9.4 (7.2–11.3)9.0 (7.3–10.8)9.3 (7.1–10.4)
Sex, M (%)18 (62)17 (63)11 (73)
Using ICS, n (%)9 (31)0 (0)0 (0)
Tidal eNO (ppb)
    Median (IQR)9.6 (5.6–19.2)6.8 (3.5–8.2)5.8 (4.0–12.5)
    Range0.9–37.60–18.02.1–28.0
Restricted eNO (ppb)
    Median (IQR)24.3 (10.5–66.5)9.5 (4.9–13.6)11.9 (9.1–23.2)
    Range2.5–2670.1–23.06.6–34.6
BAL eosinophil (%)
    Median (IQR)1.5 (0.4–4.1)0.2 (0.1–0.3)0.3 (0.1–3.9)
    Range0–36.30–1.90–6.2