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Table 4 Comparison of the levels of asthma control and the follow-up outcomes between two groups

From: Procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy of acute exacerbations of asthma: a randomized controlled trial

  PCT group Control group  
Levels of asthma control    
Controlled 102 97  
Partly controlled 20 19  
Uncontrolled 6 11  
Total 128 127 χ2 = 1.62 p > 0.05
Other follow-up outcomes    
Secondary ED visits 8 13 χ2 = 1.43 p > 0.05
Hospital re-admissions 5 8 χ2 = 0.75 p > 0.05
Repeated needs for steroids or dosage increase* 6 9 χ2 = 0.66 p >0.05
Needs for antibiotics 5 9 χ2 = 1.24 p > 0.05
WBC, ×109/L 8.68±2.47.2 8.32±2.93 t =1.08 p = 0.283
PCT, ng/ml 0.033 (0.024 ~ 0.039) 0.036 (0.027 ~ 0.040) Z = 1.29 p = 0.071
FEV1% 68.20±10.21 70.17±8.89 t = −1.64 p = 0.103
  1. *Means IV, PO or Inhalation; Data are presented as M (QL ~ QU) or mean ± SD.