Genitourinary Injuries Sustained by Female U.S. Service Members During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Until recently, female US service members SMs have not been permitted to serve in direct combat roles. However, during Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF a large number of female SMs have been wounded while serving in combat support roles. This included an unprecedented number of women with genitourinary GU injuries. No prior studies have reported either the incidence or clinical picture of these injuries. The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology of GU injuries among female US SMs during OIFOEF as well as understand the potential for increased female GU injuries in future conflicts and the long-term sequelae from these injury patterns.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Weapons Effects (Biological)
- Medicine and Medical Research