Spouses of Persian Gulf War I veterans: medical evaluation of a U.S. cohort
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Ten years after the 1991 Persian Gulf War (GW I), a comprehensive evaluation of a national cohort of deployed veterans (DV) demonstrated a higher prevalence of several medical conditions, in comparison to a similarly identified cohort of nondeployed veterans (NDV). The present study determined the prevalence of medical conditions among nonveteran spouses of these GW I DV and NDV. A cohort of 490 spouses of GW I DV and 537 spouses of GW I NDV underwent comprehensive face-to-face examinations. No significant differences in health were detected except that spouses of DV were less likely to have one or more of a group of six common skin conditions. We conclude that, 10 years after GW I, the general physical health of spouses of GW I DV is similar to that of spouses of NDV.
Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy
Eisen, S. A.; Karlinsky, J.; Jackson, L.; Blanchard, M.; Kang, H.; Murphy, F.; Alpern, R.; Reda, D.; Toomey, R.; Battistone, M.; Parks, B.; Klimas, Nancy G.; Pak, H.; Hunter, J.; Lyons, M.; and Henderson, W., "Spouses of Persian Gulf War I veterans: medical evaluation of a U.S. cohort" (2006). College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles. 479.