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Table 1 Clinical and histological characteristics of all the patients with high (>mean 7.3) or low (<7.3) mast cell count.

From: Mast cells and eosinophils in invasive breast carcinoma

Characteristics Number of patients (%) Mast cell count high Mast cell count low p-value
Tumour stage (T)     0.462
1 129 (55) 69 60  
2 89 (38) 45 44  
3 7 (3) 4 3  
4 7 (3) 5 2  
not known 2 (1) 1 1  
Axillary lymph node metastasis (N)     0.055
Present 118 (50) 66 52  
Absent 114 (49) 58 56  
Not known 2 (1) 0 2  
Distant metastasis (M) at the time of diagnosis     0.656
Absent 208 (89) 110 98  
Present 11 (5) 7 4  
Not known 15 (6) 7 8  
Histology     0.927
Ductal 163 (70) 80 83  
Lobular 41 (17) 22 19  
Mixed 26 (11) 20 6  
Mucinous 3 (1) 2 1  
Papillary 1 (1) 1 0  
Elston-grading     0.001
1 65 (28) 44 21  
2 98 (42) 55 43  
3 71 (30) 25 46  
Estrogenreceptorstatus     <0.0005
Positive 179 (76) 105 74  
Negative 44 (19) 15 29  
Not known 11 (5) 4 7  
Progesteronreceptorstatus     0.006
Positive 159 (68) 95 64  
Negative 65 (28) 26 39  
Not known 10 (4) 3 7