Summary and Conclusion

Among those examined, there was no statistically significant difference in arthralgias, a surrogate for arthritis, but data on self-reports indicate that arthritis was more common among those deployed to the gulf. The data suffer, however, from the problem of self reporting of a common condition that can be easily confused with other symptoms. There appears to be no statistically significant increase in the prevalence of arthralgias among veterans who underwent a medical examination.

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