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Increased postwar symptoms & psychological morbidity among U.S. Navy Gulf War veterans - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome related research

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www.ProHealth.com • May 15, 1999


To investigate reports on war-related morbidity, 527
active-duty Gulf War veterans and 970 nondeployed veterans
from 14 Seabee commands were studied in 1994 with a
questionnaire, sera collection, handgrip strength, and
pulmonary function testing. The questionnaire assessed postwar
symptoms, war exposures, and screened for chronic fatigue
syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychological
symptoms suggesting neurosis (Hopkins Symptom Checklist). Sera
were tested with four nonspecific reactant assays: C-reactive
protein, transferrin, ferritin, and haptoglobin. Gulf War
veterans reported a higher prevalence for 35 of 41 symptoms,
scored higher on psychological symptom scales, were more
likely to screen for post-traumatic stress disorder, had lower
handgrip strength, and had higher serum ferritin assay
results. Numerous comparisons of these morbidity outcomes with
30 self-reported exposures demonstrated many associations, but
no unique exposure or group of exposures were implicated.
Morbidity data are consistent with other postwar observations,
but the etiology for morbidity findings remains uncertain.

Gray GC, Kaiser KS, Hawksworth AW, Hall FW, Barrett-Connor E




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