Table 2

Total and differential cell counts in BALF

DiseaseTotal cell count (106/L)Macrophage (%)Lymphocyte (%)Neutrophil (%)
Pleural effusion0.39±0.1691.33±3.7337.67±3.170.67±0.75
ILD0.38±0.2161.90±24.28*26.10±20.65*9.93±14.04*
Lung cancer0.43±0.2870.07±35.3816.00±13.1613.86±34.69
Bronchiectasis0.39±0.3162.88±26.79†12.19±3.87†24.75±28.09†
  • BALF, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid; ILD, interstitial lung disease.

  • *p<0.01 compared with patients with pleural effusion.

  • †p<0.05 compared with patients with pleural effusion.