OF PATHOLOGY & LABORATORY MEDICINE
The Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology
of US Persian Gulf War Military Veterans:
Identification of Diseases Endemic to the
Theater of Operations
Tens of thousands of Persian Gulf War veterans (GWVs) have presented with medical
symptoms since Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The Kuwait Registry at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
was established to act as a repository for surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy material from GWV s.
To identify conditions known to he endemic to the theater of operations
in our cohort of GVVs.
The Kuwait Registry database was searched by computer for listed conditions
endemic to the Persian Gulf region included in the registry through December 31, 1997.
Of the 2582 patients in this cohort, 1 patient with hepatitis B and 15 patients
with hepatitis C were identified. Other known endemic conditions of the Persian Gulf region were not found.
hepatitis (B and C), which is prevalent in the US population, was the only listed
endemic condition identified in surgical pathology or cytopathology specimens in our cohort of GWVs.
(2000;124:1299-1301) Charles S. Specht et al. Reprints: Charles S. Specht, Department of Environmental
and Toxicologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 14th Street and Alaska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20306.