Table 1—

Patient characteristics

Subjects n32
Male10 (31.3)
Age yrs62.8±9.8
Nonsmokers23 (71.9)
Ex-smokers9 (28.1)
Ex-smoker pack-yr history34.5±17.2
COPD3 (9.4)
Asthma18 (56.3)
Inhaled corticosteroid therapy28 (87.5)
Nebulised bronchodilator therapy7 (21.9)
FEV1 L1.57±0.58
FEV1 % predicted66.5±27.3
FVC L2.49±0.78
FVC % predicted85.3±33.2
Infective exacerbations in preceding year7.4±6.0
Number of lobes involved on HRCT4.1±1.7
Cystic bronchiectasis10 (31.2)
Chronically colonised29 (90.6)
  • Data are expressed as n (%) or mean±sd, unless otherwise stated. COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; FEV1: forced expiratory volume in one second; FVC: forced vital capacity; HRCT: high-resolution computed tomography.