No Definition For Gulf War Illness, Says IOM
the MPR take:
Experts from the Institute of Medicine were unable to reach a "consensus case definition" for Gulf War Illness (GWI) due to a lack of data on these patients. After reviewing over 700 studies on health outcomes related to the Gulf War, the panel felt that the research did not identify duration and frequency of GWI or diagnostic tests. The panel did recommend two existing definitions: one from the Centers for Disease Control (1 or more symptoms in 2 or more categories: cognition, mood, fatigue, pain) and one from Robert Haley, MD, a noted researcher on GWI (symptoms from 3 or more categories: GI, respiratory, neurologic/cognitive/mood, sleep, pain, skin). It is estimated that as many as 250,000 veterans from the 1990-1991 Gulf War have been impacted with symptoms such as fatigue, joint and muscle pain, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal distress.
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