The New England Journal of Medicine has published the following screening test to help physicians determine whether to refer a patient for a sleep study to test for obstructive sleep apnea.
Your Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is
Understanding Your Results
Neck size is an important factor in determining your potential risk for sleep apnea. Those with larger necks have an increased risk. With a neck size of 17, a man’s probability for obstructive sleep apnea significantly increases. For women, a neck size of 16 is of concern.
It’s important to keep in mind, that this test’s reliance on neck size could be misleading as those with slender necks could go undetected by this formula.