Table 1—

Patient characteristics, remission length and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cellular data

ParameterNormalsViral wheeze outgrownAtopic asthma outgrown
Subjects n351025
Age yrs7.3 (4.8–9.8)6.6 (3.3–7.3)7.3 (5.7–9.9)
Mate %20 (57)4 (40)16 (64)
Remission, months21 (12–63)24 (15–36)
BAL eosinophil %0.10 (0–0.18)0.21 (0–0.45)0.36# (0.05–0.74)
 Range %0–0.270–0.740–3.85
BAL neutrophil %2.40 (0.79–4.99)3.98 (1.06–7.78)2.83 (1.12–7.95)
BAL macrophage %80.19 (46.5–95.57)84.61 (75.22–95.47)79.81 (50.89–95.01)
BAL lymphocyte %0.09 (0–0.88)0.59 (0.09–3.31)0.46 (0.05–1.58)
BAL mast cell %0.02 (0–0.45)0 (0–0.63)0.03 (0–0.16)
BAL epithelial %8.10 (0.89–42.73)2.82 (1.32–11.45)7.28 (0.58–31.61)
  • Data are presented as median (interquartile range) unless otherwise stated

  • #: p=0.002