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General
Project Summary

Title: Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Gulf War Syndrome
Synopsis: This survey compares musculoskeletal symptoms (joint pain or swelling) reported by Gulf War veterans to musculoskeletal symptoms reported by veterans of other deployments, in order to determine whether the symptoms reported by Gulf War veterans are similar or unique.
Overall Project Objective: The Gulf War Syndrome is most likely a heterogeneous group of disorders resulting from the interaction of each veteran's host defense against the variety of environmental, viral, bacterial and stress toxins unique to the Persian Gulf War. One of the more debilitating symptoms of the GWS has been the arthralgia and arthritis. These complaints are relatively common to foreign deployments. A question arises as to whether musculoskeletal complaints are indeed a manifestation unique to Gulf War Syndrome. The project will address a fundamental question about the Gulf War Syndrome: Do the musculoskeletal symptoms in the GWS reflect those of long foreign deployment or are there unique aspects of these symptoms that identify these symptoms as part of Gulf War Syndrome?
Status/Results to Date: 200+ initial questionnaires; 25 comprehensive examinations. Analysis suspended due to insufficient resources.
Project:VA-40
Agency:Department Of Veterans' Affairs
Location:VAMC Long Beach
P.I. Name:Pamela E Prete, MD, FACP
Research Type:Clinical
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Complete
Study Start Date:January 01,1994
Estimated Completion Date:January 01,1999
Specific Aims: 1. Survey deployments for musculoskeletal symptoms via questionnaire; 2. Compare comparative peace-time vs. Gulf War deployments for musculoskeletal symptoms.
Methodology: Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with and without symptoms of the Gulf War Syndrome and healthy veterans of the same period who did not serve in the Persian Gulf but have been deployed for peaceful missions will receive a questionnaire which, if positive, will be followed by physician interview in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach (VAMCLB) and March Air Force Base, California. Statistical analysis of the comparative features of those examinations will be evaluated for appearance of features that could be related to the other than foreign deployment, i.e., GWS.
Most Recent Publications:
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