Table 2

 Comparison of cell counts, cell viability and differential cell counts for all study subjects

Asthma (reflux)(n = 8)Asthma (non-reflux)(n = 8)Cough (reflux)(n = 8)Cough (non-reflux)(n = 8)
Data are presented as median (interquartile range).
Total cell count (×106/ml)1.1 (0.9–2.0)0.7 (0.5–1.0)1.6 (0.9–2.7)1.1 (0.9–1.7)
Cell viability (%)86.3 (79.7–92.4)80.2 (75.4–89.8)74.9 (68.6–81.3)85.8 (76.1–91.8)
Macrophages (%)13.4 (10.1–22.1)32.9 (13.9–51.5)12.9 (8.9–25.7)21.5 (16.1–28.0)
Eosinophils (%)0.0 (0.0–0.4)0.4 (0.1–1.1)0.0 (0.0–0.2)0.0 (0.0–0.1)
Neutrophils (%)82.1 (70.9–86.9)54.6 (38.9–78.9)70.4 (43.1–90.6)69.6 (60.1–81.7)
Lymphocytes (%)0.0 (0.0–0.2)0.4 (0.2–0.8)0.0 (0.0–0.7)0.0 (0.0–1.1)
Epithelial cells (%)3.2 (0.6–5.8)1.2 (0.5–3.5)9.2 (0.2–38.4)5.5 (1.1–9.55)