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This paper demonstrates that COVID-19 patients with large necks have a higher risk of requiring invasive mechanical ventilation, independently from the body mass index. Every increase of 1 cm in neck diameter carries a 20% higher risk of being intubated.

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"Large neck" phenotype is an independent risk factor for worse prognosis in COVID-19

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This page is a summary of: Neck circumference as reliable predictor of mechanical ventilation support in adult inpatients with COVID‐19: A multicentric prospective evaluation, Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, June 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/dmrr.3354.
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