Table 3

Comparison of subjects with and without detectable P jiroveci DNA in BAL fluid

P jiroveci DNA not detected (n=76)P jiroveci DNA detected (n=17)p value
NS=not significant (p>0.05).
Use of oral glucocorticoids (prednisolone >20 mg/day)10 (13%)8 (47%)0.006
Median (range) age (years)65 (28–87)65 (20–78)NS
Sex (% male)46 (61%)14 (82%)NS
COPD19 (25%)4 (24%)NS
On immunosuppressant drugs (excluding glucocorticoids)6 (8%)2 (12%)NS
Cancer29 (38%)7 (41%)NS