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Table 1 Basic patient characteristics

From: Altered immune parameters in chronic alcoholic patients at the onset of infection and of septic shock

Characteristic Chronic alcoholic patients Nonalcoholic patients P
Age (years) 57 (24–72) 60 (23–74) 0.872
Body surface area (m2) 1.87 (1.57–2.40) 2.08 (1.68–2.14) 0.174
Weight (kg) 74 (50–120) 85 (55–93) 0.210
Culture positive/culture negative (n) 4/14 3/14 >0.999
Peritonitis/pneumonia (n) 8/6 8/6 >0.999
Survivors/nonsurvivors (n) 6/8 6/8 >0.999
Nicotine abuse (n [%]) 9/14 (64%) 6/14 (43%) 0.153
APACHE III score (admission) 40 (26–76) 27 (9–74) 0.107
Length of ICU stay (days) 16 (3–50) 19 (9–41) 0.397
CAGE score 4 (3–4) 0 (0–1) <0.001
Ethanol consumption (g/day) 170 (60–380) 0 (0–20) <0.001
CDT (mg/l) 17.2 (5.1–70.1) 3.2 (2.0–8.2) <0.001
MCV (fl) 96.2 (77.2–106.0) 90.2 (78.3–102.3) 0.031
GGT (U/l) 31 (20–178) 20 (10–97) 0.074
  1. Values are expressed as median (range), unless otherwise stated. APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; CAGE, alcohol-related questionnaire; CDT, carbohydrate-deficient transferrin; GGT, γ-glutamyl transferase; ICU, intensive care unit; MCV, mean corpuscular volume.