TABLE 2

Clinical features at presentation in the emergency room

VariableAsthmatics (n=37)Controls (n=75)p-valueAvailable data n (asthmatics, controls)
Time since onset of symptoms days6 (3–8)7 (3–10)0.23937, 75
Systolic blood pressure mmHg132 (123–145)138 (122–151)0.45736, 73
Diastolic blood pressure mmHg81 (71–89)79 (69–88)0.99336, 73
Heart rate min−199 (88–111)100 (89–109)0.71436, 73
Temperature C38.1 (37.3–38.7)38.2 (27.4–38.7)0.89936, 74
Respiratory rate min−126 (20–30)28 (20–32)0.36131, 62
SpO2 while breathing room air %95 (92–97)93 (89–95)0.00835, 71
Wheezing6 (16)2 (3)0.01537, 75
 Mild wheezing5037, 75
 Severe wheezing1237, 75

Quantitative data are expressed as median (IQR). IQR is presented as first quartile (Q1) – third quartile (Q3). Qualitative data are expressed as number of occurrence, n (% of total). IQR: interquartile range; SpO2: oxygen peripheral saturation.