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Accession Number ADA564991
Title Degenerative Disc Disease, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2001- 2011.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 5p
Personal Author D. Mydlarz
Abstract Degeneration of intervertebral discs is a common disorder that often leads to pain syndromes and mechanical dysfunction of the spine. Between 2001 and 2010, 131,986 active component service members received diagnoses of degenerative disc disease (DDD) during a hospitalization or at least two ambulatory visits (overall crude incidence rate: 951.4 per 100,000 person-years p-yrs). Annual crude incidence rates more than doubled during the surveillance period (2001: 614.9 per 100,000 p-yrs; 2010: 1,347.8 per 100,000 p- yrs). An estimated 68,247 days of lost duty time were attributed to DDD- specific diagnoses. Among service members diagnosed with DDD who subsequently deployed in support of overseas combat operations, more than two-thirds experienced exacerbations of their condition while deployed, although only 1.7 percent were medically evacuated. Deployed service members with DDD were more likely than a deployed comparison group to be medically evacuated for any cause.
Keywords Cartilage
Ddd(Degenerative disc diseases)
Intervertebral discs
Military operations
Military personnel
Order disorder transformations
Signs and symptoms
Spinal column

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57A - Anatomy
57S - Physiology
57E - Clinical Medicine
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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