It’s vexing for people all over the world that people can be harmed and not know why,” said Michael E. Hoffer, MD, professor of otolaryngology and neurological surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.
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Speaking at a press conference held on December 12 at the University of Miami, Dr. Hoffer and coinvestigators shared with the press for the first time the results of a study they recently published on the presenting acute symptoms of the 25 American diplomates and family members who reported ear-related and neurological symptoms following exposure to an as yet unknown source while serving in their embassy roles in Havana starting in 2016 (Laryngoscope Inv Otol. Published December 12, 2018. doi: 10.1002/lio2.231).
The study represents the first step in understanding what remains a mysterious, and in Dr. Hoffer’s word “vexing,” event. Dr. Hoffer highlighted the particular importance of the study as the first of its kind to evaluate the patients in the acute phase of their injury, unaffected by variables that can alter people’s symptoms, such as longer duration of time from injury, treatments for symptoms, worker’s compensation issues, and media coverage. “This is the first and only report of the individuals seen acutely, shortly after the injury,” he said. “It’s the only study that is going to come out as the first naïve report of this condition.”| | | Next → | Single Page