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Table 3 Clinical and laboratory signs of infections

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

Sign Chronic alcoholic patients Nonalcoholic patients P
Temperature (°C)
   Infection 37.2 (36.8–38.1) 37.5 (37.1–38.8) 0.851
   Early septic shock 37.8 (36.2–39.8) 38.7 (37.6–39.9) 0.037
   Late septic shock 38.1 (36.6–38.8) 37.2 (35.8–39.2) 0.413
Leucocytes (×109/l)
   Infection 8.9 (4.4–13.2) 10.2 (3.4–10.2) 0.663
   Early septic shock 18.9 (6.5–45.8) 9.5 (3.5–13.9) <0.010
   Late septic shock 15.0 (9.8–39.2) 17.8 (12.3–33.2) 0.717
CRP (mg/l)
   Infection 110 (80–223) 54 (8–72) <0.010
   Early septic shock 203 (75–266) 144 (42–323) 0.162
   Late septic shock 124 (44–210) 120 (90–258) 0.690
Lactate (mmol/l)
   Infection 1.6 (0.8–2.0) 1.9 (1.0–5.1) 0.174
   Early septic shock 2.3 (1.4–3.2) 1.9 (1.0–5.1) 0.520
   Late septic shock 2.0 (0.8–4.5) 2.0 (0.7–2.8) 0.702
  1. Value are expressed as median (range). CRP, C-reactive protein.