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Posted by Barry Kapplan on August 21, 2000 at 10:11:14:

In Reply to: GWS & Liver problems posted by Sue on August 16, 2000 at 14:02:07:

I have liver problems associated with my Gulf War experiance that started in Iraq, APR 1991. Whatever got me has done a job on my cardiac, neuro, gastro, and other systems. My LFT's (liver function tests) have been abnormal since then and have proceeded to become worse. Additionally, I had two liver biopsies taken at Walter Reed AMC, Jan 1993 and June 2000. The first one was non-diagnostic and the second one was very abnormal. They (VA and US Army) have repeatedly tested me for all the known Hepatitus variations and other liver problems and they come up normal. I am postive for "Q fever" or something that reacts to the test like "Q fever". Also my spleen has been chronically enlarged for a number of years.

What they did to me /ideas: Full LFT's (SGOT/ SPGT ??), Q fever titer test, full Hepatitus series (A-D), if the LFT's are abnormal go for CAT Scan of abdomin to look at liver and spleen. If LFT's are abnormal and there is anything, even small, wrong with the liver CAT Scan, you may want to talk with your GI Dr. ref a liver biopsy. Stop all Alcohol or other drug useage, be able to say to the Dr.s: "ZERO Intake", that will make things much easier.

I'm just a retired Army guy, but my wife is a medical professional. I will have her look at this when she gets off shift to see if I goofed anything up and if she can add anything to it. She is the one who actually manages my medical care and remembers all the important stuff.

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