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Table 2

Bivariate analysis of demographic, clinical and laboratory continuous variables recorded in 106 toxocariasis patients.

Variable Nonatopic (n = 57) Atopic (n = 49) p
Age (years)
Mean* 46.9 32.3
95% confidence interval [40.5 – 54.3] [26.7 – 39.1] 0.002
Weight (kg)
Mean* 64.5 61.5
95% confidence interval [59.6 – 69.7] [54.7 – 69.3] 0.50
Time Interval§ (months)
Mean* 5.7 6.1
95% confidence interval [4.5 – 7.4] [4.4 – 8.4] 0.97
Eosinophil count (G/L)
Mean* 1.2 0.9
95% confidence interval [1.0 – 1.4] [0.8 – 1.1] 0.02
ECP|| (μg/L)
Mean* 37.8 26.6
95% confidence interval [30.2 – 47.5] [21.3 – 33.2] 0.02
Total IgE (kIU/L)¥
Mean* 463.8 529.4
95% confidence interval [284.3 – 757.5] [377.5 – 742.4] 0.54
sIgE (TU/L)#
Mean* 7.1 15.4
95% confidence interval [4.7 – 10.8] [7.9 – 30.3] 0.11
*

All geometric;

Student’s t test;

Mann-Whitney U test;

§

Time interval between the onset of manifestations and attendance at the clinic;

||

eosinophil cationic protein, normal range: [0–14];

¥

kilo International Units, cut-off value: 2 kIU/L;

specific IgE against excretory-secretory antigens from T. canis larvae;

#

kilo Toxocara units, normal range: [0–5].

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