Gulf War Syndrome is a particularly challenging disease for veterans, as it cannot be definitively diagnosed. Essentially, one must rely on a process of elimination of symptoms in order to reach a diagnosis. It’s been 20 years since the Persian Gulf War, and veterans with Gulf War Syndrome are still filing veterans disability claims for this complex disease.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a group of researchers in San Diego are working on developing a single definitive diagnostic tool for Gulf War Syndrome. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently diagnoses Gulf War Syndrome based on a series of presumptions depending on veterans’ symptoms. Doctors issue their final Gulf War Syndrome diagnosis by eliminating all other physical disorders.
Researchers attempting to develop a diagnosis are doing so by focusing on lung and nerve receptors tied to various respiratory problems that seem to be common in many Gulf War veterans. Although they demonstrate many of the tell-tale symptoms of respiratory illnesses and lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis or asthma, they do not test positive for the inflammatory lung diseases.
Being able to diagnose Gulf War Syndrome with a fair degree of accuracy will help all those involved as it is only then when effective treatments can be developed.
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