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Veterans at Risk: The Health Effects of Mustard Gas and Lewisite
death and in three instances pulmonary tuberculosis. It is believed that gassing reactivated quiescent tuberculosis foci which ultimately resulted in an activity and extension of the tuberculosis disease and later resulted in death of the veterans.
Of 38 men who had been gassed by mustard and subsequently died from various disease, in no way related to gassing, tuberculosis was the cause of death in 8 instances.
One must not generalize on the relationship of mustard gassing to the development of tuberculosis. Each case must receive individual study for the purpose of establishing the part played by mustard gas in the inception of tuberculosis.