Antibodies against | P aeruginosa status according to culture results | Comparison* (p values) | ||||
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Free (F)(N = 68) | Intermittent (I)(N = 27) | Chronic (C)(N = 88) | F v I | I v C | C v F | |

Antibody titres were scored as 0 (titre negative <1:500) and 1 (titre positive >1:500). | ||||||

*Mann-Whitney test for comparison of antibody levels and Fisher’s exact test for comparison of frequency of patients with antibody score ⩾1, corrected for multiple comparisons by Bonferroni method. | ||||||

Alkaline protease (AP) | ||||||

Frequency of antibody positive (n/N) | 1/68 | 7/27 | 66/88 | <0.001 | <0.001 | <0.001 |

Elastase (E) | ||||||

Frequency of antibody positive (n/N) | 0/68 | 4/27 | 57/88 | <0.001 | <0.001 | <0.001 |

Exotoxin A (EA) | ||||||

Frequency of antibody positive (n/N) | 3/68 | 11/27 | 73/88 | <0.001 | <0.001 | <0.001 |

Cumulative score (AP/E/EA) | ||||||

Frequency of antibody score ⩾1 (n/N) | 3/68 | 13/27 | 86/88 | <0.001 | <0.001 | <0.001 |