Table 2

 Severity data

VariableBenzylpenicillin + fluclox95% CIFlucloxacillin alone95% CIDifferencep
Number of patients4140
Admission VAS (mm)4736 to 584941 to58−3 (−16 to 11)0.7
Admission pulse rate (/min)94.187.9 to 100.290.384.5 to 96.13.8 (−4.5 to 12.1)0.37
Temperature (°C)37.236.6 to 37.737.136.8 to 37.40.07 (−0.55 to0.68)0.82
Respiration rate (/min)15.214.1 to 16.316.615.7 to 17.5−1.40 (−2.80 to 0.00)0.05
Maximum diameter (mm)267216 to 319200172 to 229667 (8.6 to 125)0.2
WCC (×109/l)10.68.9 to 12.211.610.1 to 13.2−1.1 (−3.3 to 1.2)0.34
Urea (mmol/l)4.74.1 to 5.45.44.4 to 6.3−0.6 (−1.7 to 0.5)0.28
CRP (mgl/l)88.161.2 to 114.9105.069.9 to 140.1−16.9 (−60.3 to 26.5)0.44
ALT (IU/l)39.824.7 to 54.944.627.2 to 62.0−4.8 (−27.3 to 17.7)0.67