Accession Number:

ADA045965

Title:

Injuries and Illnesses of Vietnam War POWs. 2. Army POWs

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

Seventy-seven Army POWs were repatriated in Feb - March, 1973, spending up to eight years in South and North Vietnam prisons mean duration of captivity 49.3 months. There were 28 officers mean age at time of capture 27.6 years and 49 enlisted men mean age 23.0 years. This report documents the injuries and illnesses diagnosed at repatriation. Although the repatriated POWs RPWs were generally healthier than had been expected they had an average of 14.9 diagnoses, comprising 386 separate diagnostic entities. The six most prevalent diagnoses were Helminthiases 77 of the RPWs, Avitaminoses and Other Nutritional Deficiencies 55, Hearing Impairment 40, Dermatophytosis 39, Peripheral Nerve Injury 39, and Malaria 34. All diagnoses occurring in at least five percent of the RPWs are reported. In addition, less frequently occurring, but clinically significant diagnoses are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE