Table 3—

Outcome measures from start to end of exacerbation

VariableStart of exacerbationEnd of exacerbationp-value
24-h sputum volume mL30.4±21.98.5±8.4<0.0001
FEV1 L1.45±0.571.52±0.580.07
FVC L2.35±0.782.5±0.860.01
FEV1/FVC61.4±12.360.4±11.50.5
Exercise capacity m217.0±168.0271±184.0<0.0001
WCC# x109·L−110.8±7.17.2±2.5<0.0001
ESR mm·h−140.1±27.422.3±14.1<0.0001
CRP mg·L−166.9±70.77.4±11.2<0.0001
  • Data are presented as mean±sd, unless otherwise stated. FEV1: forced expiratory volume in one second; FVC: forced vital capacity; WCC: white cell count; ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate; CRP: C-reactive protein. #: normal range 4–11×109·L−1.