Gulf War and Health: Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Military and Veterans Health
Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations

Activity Description

It has been estimated that explosive weaponry accounts for 75% of all US military casualties. This number only reflects those killed or wounded in action and does not account for those exposed to blast in the combat environment who do not require immediate medical attention. While research has focused greatly on the acute health effects of exposure to blast, less is known about the long-term consequences. The Department of Veterans Affairs asked that the Institute of Medicine conduct a study to assess the relevant scientific information and draw conclusions regarding the strength of the evidence of an association between exposure to blast and health effects.

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