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Table 2 General characteristics of studied groups*

From: Proven infection-related sepsis induces a differential stress response early after ICU admission

  Non-septic (n = 37) Septic (n = 37) P- value
Age 60.2 ± 15.3 59.8 ± 17 0.9164
Gender (M/F) 22/15 22/15 1.000
Apache II score 18.8 ± 8 21.8 ± 6.9 0.082
Sepsis score † 6.5 ± 3 8.8 ± 2.1 0.0005
Albumin ‡ 32.1 ± 7.4 23.5 ± 5.1 0.0001
Shock †† 5 19 0.001
Lactates ‡ 1.25 (0.94 to 2.5) 1.725 (1 to 3.9) 0.2113
Kidney dysfunction § 24 25 1.0000
CIRCI **    
   baseline \ 4 \ 1 \ 0.3575
  19% 37%  
   after corticotropin / 3 / 9 / 0.1123
   survivors/nonsurvivors 3/4 4/6 1.0000
  1. CIRCI: critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency.
  2. *: data are expressed as means ± SD, number of patients or medians with interquartile ranges.
  3. †: according to the 2001 SCCM/ESICM/ACCP/ATS/SIS International Sepsis
  4. Definitions Conference [19].
  5. ††: as defined by the need of (inotropic and/or vasopressive) catecholamines or mechanical device (for example, IABP) after at least 6 hrs of initial resuscitation and in order to maintain mean arterial pressures ≥ 65 mmHg.
  6. ‡: Albumin (normal range 35 to 50 g/L), lactates (normal scale: 0.7 to 2.1 mmol/L).
  7. § according to the RIFLE criteria [21].
  8. **: defined according to [4].