alexa Brief Report on the Effect of Environment on Prevalence of Auto Immune Diseases in Veterans
ISSN: 2167-7921

Journal of Arthritis
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Letter to Editor

Brief Report on the Effect of Environment on Prevalence of Auto Immune Diseases in Veterans

Ketan Desai*
VA Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, Pa, USA
Corresponding Author : Ketan Desai
VA Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, Pa, USA
Tel: 1 202-273-5781
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 09, 2015; Accepted: January 05, 2016; Published: January 15, 2016
Citation: Desai K (2016) Brief Report on the Effect of Environment on Prevalence of Auto Immune Diseases in Veterans. J Arthritis 5:184. doi:10.4172/2167-7921.1000184
Copyright: © 2016 Desai K. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

 

The role of environment has been widely speculated to play a role in the pathogenesis of auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, etc. However, no definitive linkage has been found so far. In order to explore this possible association, a retrospective study was undertaken in veterans who had fought in various wars ranging from WWII to Gulf War and the prevalence of auto-immune diseases ascertained. This was compared to the prevalence in civilian populations. Except for auto-immune thyroiditis, no difference was found in veterans who had been exposed to different environments and between them and civilians in the US. A larger study will be needed to explore this lack of association.

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