Tympanic membrane perforation after combat blast exposure in Iraq: a poor biomarker of primary blast injury.

@article{Harrison2009TympanicMP,
  title={Tympanic membrane perforation after combat blast exposure in Iraq: a poor biomarker of primary blast injury.},
  author={Corey D Harrison and Vikhyat S Bebarta and Gerald Grant},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2009},
  volume={67 1},
  pages={210-1}
}
OBJECTIVE The US military has reported over 10,000 improvised explosive device attacks attributing to over 400 deaths in Iraq in 2005. Otologic blast injury and tympanic membrane (TM) perforation have traditionally been used as a predictor, or biomarker, of serious or occult primary blast injury (PBI). Although combat injuries from the US-Iraq conflict have been described, the utility of TM perforation as a marker of PBI has not. The objective of this study is to determine the incidence of… CONTINUE READING
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