What is it about?
The study aimed to assess the prognostic value of musculoskeletal parameters (bone mineral density - BMD, muscle volume - MV, diaphragm thickness - DD) in severe COVID-19 cases admitted to the ICU. The results showed that BMD, MV, and DD were significantly lower in the mortality group. While BMD was not an independent risk factor, both MV and DD were found to be independent predictors of mortality. The study highlights the importance of evaluating these parameters in COVID-19 prognosis and suggests further research focusing on age-specific populations.
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Why is it important?
The study evaluated musculoskeletal parameters (BMD, MV, DD) as predictors of mortality in severe COVID-19 cases admitted to the ICU. The results showed that BMD, MV, and DD were lower in the mortality group. Although the significance of BMD as an independent risk factor was lost in multiple regression analysis, it was still identified as a risk factor. On the other hand, both MV and DD were found to be independent predictors of mortality. These findings contribute to the understanding of COVID-19 prognosis and highlight the importance of assessing musculoskeletal parameters in severe cases. Further prospective studies focusing on age-specific populations are recommended to expand knowledge in this area.
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This page is a summary of: Prognostic Value of Diaphragm Diameter, Muscle Volume, and Bone Mineral Density in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients, Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, April 2023, SAGE Publications,
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