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Program development and defining characteristics of returning military in a VA Polytrauma Network Site

Henry L. Lew, MD, PhD, et al.

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a new generation of combat survivors with complex physical injuries and emotional trauma. In this article, we describe the development of the Polytrauma Network Site in Palo Alto, California, and the clinical characteristics of its first 62 patients. These patients had a high frequency of postconcussion symptoms, posttraumatic stress disorder, cognitive disorder, head and back pain, auditory and visual symptoms, and dizziness or balance problems. We hope that the lessons learned at this site will enhance the identification and treatment of veterans with multiple injuries across the country.


Volume 44 Number 7 2007
Pages 1027 — 1034


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