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Gulf War Syndrome

Aka: Gulf War Syndrome, Gulf War Illnesses
  1. Epidemiology
    1. Veterans of Persian Gulf War (8/90-6/91)
    2. 25,000 troops with unexplained symptoms post exposure
  2. Etiology
    1. Thought to be related to Neurotoxin exposure
    2. Ammunition detonated in March 1991
      1. Ammunition dump contained Sarin
      2. Likely 100,000 troops exposed
  3. Symptoms
    1. Fatigue
    2. Headache
    3. Joint Pain
    4. Stiffness
    5. Muscle pain
    6. Hair Loss
    7. General weakness
    8. Nasal and sinus congestion
    9. Diarrhea
    10. Excessive Flatulence
    11. Abdominal Pain
    12. Memory problems
    13. Impaired concentration
    14. Word finding
    15. Insomnia
  4. Resources
    1. Web Resources
      1. http://www.gulflink.osd.mil
    2. Veterans assistance:
      1. VA: 800-749-9387
      2. DOD: 800-796-9699
    3. Medical Providers: (DOD) 800-472-6719
  5. References
    1. (1995) MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 44:443-7 [PubMed]

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