Sunday, May 9, 2010

Doctor Links Burn Pit Exposures to Respiratory Illness

Medical doctors associated with Vanderbilt University have linked a rare and incurable lung disease with exposure to toxic  dust, fumes and smoke of burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Robert Miller with Vanderbilt Medical Center, who testified before the US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in October 2009 said, "We began referring them for open lung biopsies and found they had a condition called constrictive bronchiolitis. Constrictive bronchiolitis is a scarring of the small airways of the lungs."

The news was reported by Fox 17 (WZTV Nashville) and reveals that doctors at Vanderbilt University  have beens studying the problem since 2004 and have conducted open biopsies on 45 soldiers. Additional research is on going at Vanderbilt University concerning this serious and permanent condition that has been considered irreversible