A team of physicians at Vanderbilt University headed by Robert Miller, M.D. associate professor of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine have concluded that, it is apparent that respiratory problems are the illness of our current wars in the Middle East.
Dr, Miller has been studying soldiers who have been exposed to burn pits smoke and fumes in Iraq and Afghanistan. “So far, all but a few of these soldiers we have biopsied have come back with pathology diagnosing constrictive bronchiolitis,” Miller said. Constrictive bronchiolitis is a narrowing of the tiniest and deepest airways of the lungs.
Participating inn the medical program is Joyce Johnson, M.D., professor of Pathology. She has been studying tissue from open lung biopsies of returning soldiers. “These are striking abnormalities in this otherwise young and healthy population. We need broad, national recognition that this is a complication of being in this theater,” Johnson said.
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