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Table 1 Clinical & laboratory parameters in study subjects

From: Serum interleukin-5 levels are elevated in mild and moderate persistent asthma irrespective of regular inhaled glucocorticoid therapy

  Normal Control (n = 56) Asthmatics (n = 56) P value
   On Inhaled Steroids (n = 31) Not on Inhaled Steroids (n = 25)  
Age (years) 27 (22–39) 27 (23–38) 28 (21–40) 0.6*
Duration of asthma (years) - 5 (1–15) 10 (4.5–14.5) 0.18*
Atopic asthma - 16 16 0.42 †
Non-atopic asthma - 9 15  
FEV1 (liter) - 2.3 (2–2.67) 2 (1.7–2.5) 0.2*
WBC count (× 109/L) 6.5 (5.1–7.5) 6.4 (5.1–8.3) 6 (5.1–8.1) 0.8*
Eosinophils % 0.11(0.07–0.18) 5 (2–9) 6 (4–10) 0.2*
Serum IgE (IU/L) 26 (10–62) 240 (54–595) 200 (96–612) 0.8*
  1. Data are expressed as medians with interquartile range in parenthesis * By Mann Whitney test between steroid and non-steroid users † By Fisher's exact test between steroid and non-steroid users
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