Accession Number : ADA596771


Title :   Investigating the Respiratory Health of Deployed Military Personnel


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX


Personal Author(s) : Morris, Michael J ; Zacher, Lisa L ; Jackson, David A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a596771.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : Recent news media articles have implied a direct relationship between environmental exposures such as burn pits during current deployments and the development of serious and debilitating chronic pulmonary disease. These articles suggest that the military is superficially investigating evidence that establishes a link between deployment and development of chronic lung disease. Anecdotal cases of military personnel with lung disease are detailed to suggest a systemic problem with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary disease in deployed service members. Despite these contentions, the U.S. Army Medical Department and other agencies have been actively pursuing numerous scientific investigations into deployment-related lung disease to define the severity and prevalence of the issue. This article will review relevant research efforts by the U.S. military in the existing medical literature and address the current efforts planned by the services to systematically investigate the possibility of deployment-related pulmonary disease.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *RESPIRATORY DISEASES , AFGHANISTAN , DEPLOYMENT , EXPOSURE(GENERAL) , IRAQ , MILITARY MEDICINE , REPRINTS , RESPIRATORY SYSTEM , SOUTHWEST ASIA


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE