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Table 4 Baseline inflammatory parameters in blood, nasal lavage and induced sputum (median, upper and lower quartiles) (* = p < 0.05 compared with the control group)

From: Systemic and local eosinophil inflammation during the birch pollen season in allergic patients with predominant rhinitis or asthma

  Control group Allergic rhinitis Allergic asthma
Blood    
   B-eosinophils 109/L 0.12 (0.10, 0.13) 0.1 (0.08, 0.17) 0.14 (0.11, 0.21)
   S-ECP μg/L 8.6 (5.5, 9.4) 9.0 (6.2, 11.8) 6.1 (4.4, 11.3)
   S-HNL μg/L 89 (56, 105) 93 (84, 99) 99 (65, 118)
Nasal lavage    
   Eosinophils% 0 (0, 0) 0.1 (0–0.4) 0.3 (0, 0.5)
   ECP μg/L 2 (2, 2) 3 (2, 13)* 2 (2, 5)
   HNL μg/L 30 (26, 33) 74 (65, 176) 83 (40, 202)
Sputum    
   ECP μg/L 149 (81, 280) 192 (126, 403) 146 (54, 350)
   HNL μg/L 1724 (636, 2570) 839 (573, 1854) 1606 (480, 2357)