Spouses of Persian Gulf War I veterans: Medical evaluation of a U.S. cohort

Seth A. Eisen, Joel Karlinsky, Leila W. Jackson, Melvin Blanchard, Han K. Kang, Frances M. Murphy, Renee Alpern, Domenic J. Reda, Rosemary Toomey, Michael J. Battistone, Becky J. Parks, Nancy Klimas, Hon S. Pak, Joyce Hunter, Michael J. Lyons, William G. Henderson

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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 non-deployed 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-618
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006


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