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Gulf war veterans have no common pattern of peripheral nerve damage

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1261
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Neurological testing of sick British Gulf war veterans has found no evidence of a pattern of peripheral nerve damage, according to research from the Gulf War Illness Research Unit at Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine in London.

    The research, published in the current issue of the journal Neurology(2002;59:1518-25), drew a barrage of criticism from veterans' groups, who say it lacks independence because it was funded by the Ministry of Defence.

    While the Gulf war veterans who participated in the study had poorer overall health than other servicemen who acted as controls, the researchers found no extra burden of peripheral nerve damage. The study tested 49 …

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