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Table 3 Correlation between the percentage and absolute number of BAL cells per milliliter recovery and different BALF cytokines

From: Bronchoalveoloar lavage fluid cytokines and chemokines as markers and predictors for the outcome of interstitial lung disease in systemic sclerosis patients

  GCSF IL-1β IL-2 IL-4 IL-6
SSc
Percentage of cells
Eosinophils      
Lymphocytes      
Neutrophils 0.490b 0.369a 0.433a 0.544b  
Absolute number of cells per millilitre of recovery fluid
Eosinophils      
Lymphocytes      
Neutrophils 0.672c 0.489b   0.599c  
Controls      
Eosinophils      
Controls      
Percentage of cells      
Eosinophils 0.647c 0.412a 0.541b 0.669c 0.575b
Lymphocytes      
Neutrophils   0.490a    0.512b
Absolute number of cells per millilitre of recovery fluid
Eosinophils 0.532b 0.924c   0.585b  
Lymphocytes   0.627b    
Neutrophils   0.912c   0.544b  
  IL-8 IL-10 CCL2 CCL4 TNF-α
SSc
Percentage of cells
Eosinophils      
Lymphocytes     0.392a  
Neutrophils 0.604c   0.628c   0.622c
Absolute number of cells per millilitre of recovery fluid
Eosinophils      
Lymphocytes      
Neutrophils      0.549b
Controls      
Percentage of cells      
Eosinophils 0.586b 0.592b 0.770c 0.526b 0.813c
Lymphocytes     0.594b  
Neutrophils    0.472a   0.453a
Absolute number of cells per millilitre of recovery fluid
Eosinophils 0.608c    0.869c  
Lymphocytes 0.425a -0.396a   0.772c  
Neutrophils 0.718c 0.536b   0.852c 0.647c
  1. Results in SSc patients (n = 38) versus controls (n = 26). Pearson correlation coefficient is given. aP < 0.05, bP < 0.01, and cP < 0.001.