Table 3

Percentage of lactulose (L) and mannitol (M) recovered from the urine and L:M ratio in asthmatic patients on inhaled steroids, with eczema, positive SPT, and those without

Category of patientsp value
Results expressed as median (interquartile range).
Steroids (n = 11) No steroids (n = 21)
L2.16 (0.91–4.08)2.42 (0.86–4.13)NS
M11.74 (4.61–17.53)12.20 (6.50–15.50)NS
L:M0.22 (0.11–0.43)0.17 (0.07–0.32)NS
With eczema (n = 12) No eczema (n = 20)
L2.36 (0.82–3.61)2.22 (0.94–4.33)NS
M15.06 (8.14–17.54)11.37 (5.13–14.58)NS
L:M0.16 (0.08–0.38)0.22 (0.11–0.44)NS
Positive SPT (n = 26) Negative SPT (n = 6)
L2.09 (0.89–4.16)2.71 (0.95–6.78)NS
M11.72 (6.23–15.50)14.85 (3.04–18.91)NS
L:M0.18 (0.10–0.38)0.46 (0.19–0.99)NS