Table 1—

Baseline characteristics

No spikes (Group one)Spikes (Group two)p‐value
Patients n2924
Age yrs60.52±14.2159.92±10.65ns
Sex M:F20:922:2ns
Disease duration months35.15±32.4827.86±22.75ns
Bulbar214 #
BMI kg·m−222±3.3325.63±3.73***
VC % pred61.62±23.676±20.95*
CPFR L·min−1181.86±117.62337.33±105.22 #
MIP % pred16.63±11.1436.92±26.07***
MEP % pred19.83±13.2145.67±27.37 #
  • Data are presented as mean±sd unless otherwise stated

  • M: male

  • F: female

  • BMI: body mass index

  • VC: vital capacity

  • CPFR: cough peak flow rate

  • MIP: inspiratory mouth pressure

  • MEP: expiratory mouth pressure

  • NS: nonsignificant

  • *: p<0.05

  • ***: p<0.001

  • #: p<0.0001