Table 2—

Inflammatory mediators at presentation

Mucoid bronchiticsPurulent bronchitics
MPO units·mL−10.48 (0.37–0.69)0.62 (0.42–1.50)+
NE nM0.0 (0.0–0.0)7.6 (0.8–13.8)***
IL-8 nM2.4 (0.7–4.7)5.5 (2.8–12.6)***
LTB4 nM3.4 (1.1–11.3)7.1 (4.6–15.2)+
Albumin ratio %0.4 (0.3–0.9)1.4 (0.7–3.1)***
  • Data are presented as median (interquartile range)

  • MPO: myeloperoxidase

  • NE: neutrophil elastase

  • IL-8: interleukin-8

  • LTB4: leukottiene B4

  • +: p<0.025

  • ***: p<0.001