Characterizing Treatable Causes of Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy in Gulf War Veterans
Technical Report,30 Sep 2016,29 Sep 2017
Massachusetts General Hospital Boston United States
Pagination or Media Count:
Damage to the small nerve fibers that sense pain and regulate function of internal organs results in small-fiber polyneuropathy SFPN. SFPN symptoms include unexplained chronic widespread pain CWP and chronic multisymptom illness CMI similar to Gulf War Illness. Our prior research demonstrated that SFPN is prevalent in such CWP and CMI syndromes and that it can have onset at a young age. Given these non-specific symptoms, objective testing is recommended for SFPN diagnosis. In the third year of this study Global experts participated in additional rounds of a Delphi process to determine the most reliable markers for SFPNCase Definition. We also developed a comprehensive database of SFPN patients and well characterized controls with which to validate the Case Definition. The diagnostic tests recommended under the Case Definition will be applied to Veterans and age-matched controls to look for the prevalence of SFPN.
- Medicine and Medical Research