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Aircraft Jet Fuel Poisoning [Blood Poisoning]: (Jp-4 / Jp-8)


kadmir2004

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I stumbled on a 2006 forum here by way of Google but couldn't find specifically my issue, in hopes that someone has done some leg work already. I spent 22 years in aircraft fuel systems with exposures to ALL sorts of chemicals, compounds, sealants and ONE, "Sorry, that's classified" exposure. Yep, believe it or not, I was exposed to a white powder that swelled my eyes, partially closed my airway and I was gifted with not being able to take the TB test anymore. A year later, I tested positive for TB (contact unknown). When I checked for the records of the exposure at my next duty assignment, they had been REMOVED?!?! Additionally, the winter of 1999/2000, I had an accidental JP-4 "injection". While in a fuel tank with a band-aided removed hangnail in a toe, my foot slipped into residual fuel and yes, it WAS JP-4, as much as they told the EPA they weren't using it anymore, in Germany, they still refueled other aircraft with it and it was in this aircraft, it was in the aircraft forms! Oh, and since we only had a clinic on bankers hours, I was ambulanced downtown Frankfurt where the records were NOT transferred to my military medical records and therefore, no documentation, only a witness whom I KNOW.

Sorry so long winded but necessary.

SO, my question is: has anyone done any research at all on Benzene blood poisoning?!?!

HELP!!

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kadmir2004

You may be able to find some research info on Benzene poisoning by reading posts on this website and Googling "Camp Lejeune water contamination." Thousands of Marines and their families were exposed to contaminants in the base water systems for decades which has resulted in numerous claims being filed with the VA for various diseases. One of the main contaminants was Benzene. You should be able to find a lot of info on the Internet about Camp Lejeune water contamination. There is a book out on the Camp Lejeune water contamination titled "A Trust Betrayed" by Mike Magner.

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.

GP

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Look up benzene induced thrombocytopenia. Idiopathic thrombocytopenia. This is a platelet disorder in which your body starts attacking its own platelets. I'm not at home but a couple of key members have given me info on this illness. I got hit with it last year and it got dicey. Please talk with doc its a serious, deadly problem.

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I stumbled on a 2006 forum here by way of Google but couldn't find specifically my issue, in hopes that someone has done some leg work already. I spent 22 years in aircraft fuel systems with exposures to ALL sorts of chemicals, compounds, sealants and ONE, "Sorry, that's classified" exposure. Yep, believe it or not, I was exposed to a white powder that swelled my eyes, partially closed my airway and I was gifted with not being able to take the TB test anymore. A year later, I tested positive for TB (contact unknown). When I checked for the records of the exposure at my next duty assignment, they had been REMOVED?!?! Additionally, the winter of 1999/2000, I had an accidental JP-4 "injection". While in a fuel tank with a band-aided removed hangnail in a toe, my foot slipped into residual fuel and yes, it WAS JP-4, as much as they told the EPA they weren't using it anymore, in Germany, they still refueled other aircraft with it and it was in this aircraft, it was in the aircraft forms! Oh, and since we only had a clinic on bankers hours, I was ambulanced downtown Frankfurt where the records were NOT transferred to my military medical records and therefore, no documentation, only a witness whom I KNOW.

Sorry so long winded but necessary.

SO, my question is: has anyone done any research at all on Benzene blood poisoning?!?!

HELP!!

"Sorry, that's classified" exposure"

I'd guess that the exposure is related to a chemical used/was used in high altitude fuel for an aircraft that has or had a variable cone engine air inlet.

(And no, I don't know what it was either.)

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This might help

Also I recently poste here a JP 4 benzene DIC award to the husband of a USAF veteran.....

I cant seem to find it.....

This might help too

There are more awards here as well for benezene, from BVA decision, and by all means read the Camp LeJuene criteria...We just had a USMC vet whose wife is here, who was awarded for his Lejeune Bad Water claim.

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I was Naval Aviation my whole 10 years in the military, and being that I was the skinny guy most of the time, I have spent countless hours in the Fuel Cells, and I will tell you that stuff burns almost anything exposed including the inside of my nose. The high ranks would always say just go wash it off everything is all right, yet I was almost blinded one night when we were working on the aircraft and some splashed up into my eyes. Sorry to hear of the issues bud. Good luck and God Bless!!!

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"Sorry, that's classified" exposure"

I'd guess that the exposure is related to a chemical used/was used in high altitude fuel for an aircraft that has or had a variable cone engine air inlet.

(And no, I don't know what it was either.)

Actually, it was insulation around a hot air duct running through an F-15 CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank), a never before performed task as far as we knew. There was NO technical data on this area (I wonder why?!)

kadmir2004

You may be able to find some research info on Benzene poisoning by reading posts on this website and Googling "Camp Lejeune water contamination." Thousands of Marines and their families were exposed to contaminants in the base water systems for decades which has resulted in numerous claims being filed with the VA for various diseases. One of the main contaminants was Benzene. You should be able to find a lot of info on the Internet about Camp Lejeune water contamination. There is a book out on the Camp Lejeune water contamination titled "A Trust Betrayed" by Mike Magner.

GP

This HAS helped a bit. Thanks.

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WOW!! This is more help then I honestly expected. I have a bit of homework, to include trying to find the hospital in downtown Frankfurt where I was treated [[YIKES!]].

Thank you all :)

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You will see other ratings like that here too.

Example, my deceased husband's posthumous ratings were:

100% P & T Sec 1151

100% P & T SC PTSD

SMC at "S" rate

AO IHD SC 30%

no % for DMII but they granted me DIC under that claim for direct SC death due to the unrated DMII

Additional possible 10% at 6 years for HBP under 1151, *

and my next claim will be for AO IHD under Sec 1151 at 30 % *

* these 2 claims might warrant a Fenderson rating also, boosting the 2 lesser ratings of 10 and 30.

Claims are all about money.

The cash our grateful nation owes veterans for their sacrifices.....

Unfortunately for many if not most here at hadit, had to fight the VA ,to get what this grateful nation owes them.

Yes , you need to do some homework and that,in the long run, often finally results in the payment of this nation''s debt.

The claims process is a War of the Words and is fought on a paper battlefield.

Some claims get through the system fairly fast and others can take well over a decade.

So Welcome aboard and there is great advise above .

Do you have a complete copy of your SMRs and your 201 personnel file, and your VA medical records?

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This claim of DIC was awarded to the husband of a deceased veteran.





FINDINGS OF FACT


1. The veteran was exposed to benzene or benzene-like
compounds in service while performing her duties as an
aircraft maintenance specialist.

2. The veteran was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in
1991.

3. It is likely that prolonged exposure to benzene or
benzene-like compounds in service led to the development of
acute myeloid leukemia.

4. Complications from acute myeloid leukemia contributed
significantly to the veteran's death.

ORDER

Service connection for the cause of the veteran's death is
granted.


http://www.va.gov/vetapp99/files2/9915488.txt

If go to the BVA web site you will be able to search there ( or I often use google , adding BVA to the search)

under how they decided similar claims regarding benzene and otgher fuels.

We have a search feature here as well and have had many more posts about these issues.

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and If you google 'JP4 JP8 blood poisoning' a lot will pop up.

the dtic link looks interesting as well as the ASTDR pdf file.

I dont have time to read any of them.........

The internet is one of the best weapons we have ,to succeed in winning the VA's War of the Words.

These claims also need an strong IMO,that follow the IMO criteria in our IMO forum and that is done by en expert in the affects of toxins that cause caused disability.

What is your current diagnosis of what you believe is due to inservice fuel toxin and chem exposures?

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These two cases made it up pretty high. Worth a look.

Benzene and Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Introduction

Thrombocytopenic purpura is a hematologic condition characterized by a low platelet

count and mucocutaneous bleeding. There are a number of varieties of the disease.

More information on Thrombocytopenic Purpura >>

See, generally, Cines, D. B., et al., "Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura," N. Engl. J.

Med. 346(13):995-1008 (March 13, 2002).

When the disease is caused by a hereditary disorder, it may be called "Congenital

Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

See, generally, Cines, D. B., et al., "Congenital and Acquired Thromboctyopenia,"

Hematology 390-406 (2004).

When the disease is caused by medications, it may be called "Drug-Induced

Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

See, generally, van den Bemt, P. M., et al., "Drug-induced Immune Thrombocytopenia,"

Drug Safety 27(15):1243-1252 (2004).

A particular type of the drug-induced disease is called "Heparin-Induced

Thrombocytopenia," and occurs in 1%-4% of patients treated with unfractionated

heparin for a minimum of 7 days.

See, Zehnder, J. L., "Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia: ASH Update," Hematology

401-406 (2004).

When the cause of the disease in a patient is not apparent to the physician, the disease

is often called "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

See, generally, George, J. N., et al., "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura: A Practice

Guideline Developed by Explicit Methods for the American Society of Hematology,"

Blood 88:3-40 (1996); George, J.N., "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Current

Issues for Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Management in Children and Adults," Curr.

Hematol. Rep. 2(5):381-387 (2003).

The disease can manifest acutely and chronically. See, George, J.N., et al., "Chronic

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura," New Engl. J. Med. 331:1207-1211 (1994).

Benzene-Induced Thrombocytopenia

It has long been known to the medical community that benzene causes

thrombocytopenia and other related platelet disorders.

See, e.g., Helmer, K. J., "Accumulated Cases of Chronic Benzene Poisoning in the

Rubber Industry," Acta Medica Scand. 118(4-5):354-375 (1944); Favre-Gilly, "Syndrome

hemorragique benzolique avec simple alteration morphologique des plaquettes: de

l'utilite d'examen systematique des plaquettes sure lame chez les ourvriers exposes au

benzol," Arch. Mal. Prof. 91:274-277 (1948); Morel, P., et al., "[blood platelets in the

diagnosis and prognosis of benzol poisoning]," Bull. Soc. Med. Du Travail de Lyon (Feb.

15, 1952); Canci, A., ["Effect of Adenine on Thrombopenia Induced by Experimental

Benzene Poisoning"], Boll. Soc. Ital. Biol. Sper. 31(5):40-410 (1955); Saita, G., et al.,

"[study of blood platelet function in former and active cases of benzolic hemopathy],"

Med. Lav. 49(1):13-37 (1958); Lob, et al., "[The effect of benzene on thrombocytes and

various enzymatic activities]", Arch. Mal. Prof. 24:371-374 (1963); Monteverde, A., et al.,

"The effect of Fibrinogen and Platelts on the Thromboelastogram in Benzene

Poisoning," Med. Del Lavoro 54(2):95-102 (1963); Saita, G., et al.,

"Thromboelastographic investigations in benzene haemopathy," Med. Del Lavoro

55(11);655-664 (1964); Hernberg, S., et al., "Prognostic Aspects of Benzene Poisoning,"

Brut. J. Ind. Med. 23:204-209 (1966); Petelenz, T., et al., "[Thrombocytopenia in Chronic

Occupational Intoxication with Benzene,"] Wiad Lek. 19(17):1393-1396 (1966);

Inceman, S., et al., "[impaired Platelet-Collagen Reaction in a Case of Acute

Myeloblastic Leukemia Due to Chronic Benzene Intoxication," Turk Tip Cemiy Mecm.

36(7):417-424 (1969); Inceman, S., et al., "[Thrombopathy in the Course of Benzene-

Induced Leukemia]", Nov. Rev. Fr. Hematol. 9(4):573-574 (1969); Aksoy, M., et al.,

"Haematological Effects of Chronic Benzene Poisoning in 217 Workers," Brit. J. Ind.

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112:1858-1859 (1982); Micu, D., et al., "The Value of Some Cytoenzymochemical

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Unofficial Vendors of Petrol and Heavy Oil and Motor Mechanics in Nigeria," Tropical

Doctor 19:55-58 (1989); Rothman, N., et al., "An Epidemiologic Study of Early Biologic

Effects of Benzene in Chinese Workers," Environ. Health Perspect. 104(Suppl. 6):

1365-1370 (1996); Rothman, N., et al., "Hematotoxicity Among Chinese Workers

Heavily Exposed to Benzene," Amer. J. Ind. Med. 29:236-246 (1996); Kudla, I.,

"Exposure to Benzene-Contaminated Toluene and Bone Marrow Disorders: A

Retrospective Exposure Assessment," Appl. Occup. Environ. Hyg. 12(1):11-14 (1997);

Wiwanitkit, V., et al., "The Urine Trans, Trans Muconic Acid Biomarker and Platelet

Count in a Sample of Subjects with Benzene Exposure," Clin. Appl. Thrombosis/

Hemostasis 10(1):73-76 (2004).

Benzene-Induced Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Several case reports of benzene-induced thrombocytopenic purpura have been

published in the medical literature. Indeed, the first case report of benzene-induced

hematologic disease was a case of thrombocytopenic purpura. Le Noir, M. M., et al.,

"Sur un cas de purpura attribué a l'intoxication par la benzine," [A case of purpura

caused by benzene poisoning]; Bull. Mem. Soc. Med. Hop. 3(14):1251-1261 (1897) [in

French]. Many case reports of benzene-induced thrombocytopenic purpura were

reported during the century following Le Noir's early report.

See, e.g., Selling, L., "A Preliminary Report of Some Cases of Purpura Haemorrhagica

Due to Benzol Poisoning," Bull. Johns Hopkins Hosp. 21:33-37 (1910); Delore, P., et al.,

"Leucémie aiguë au cours de l'intoxication benzénique: sur l'origine toxique de certaines

leucémies aiguës et leurs relations avec les anémies graves," [Acute leukemia in the

course of benzene poisoning: the toxic origin of certain actue leukemias and their

relationship to severe anemias]; J. Med. Lyon 9:227-233 (1928); Andre, R., et al.,

"[Grave hemolytic anemia associated with thrombopenic purpura haemorrhagica;

probable role of benzol; massive transfusion, splenectomy, recovery]; Bull. Mem. Soc.

Hem. Hop. 31(24):521-530 (March 31, 1950); Andre R., et al., "[severe hemolytic

anemia associated with thrombopenic hemorrhagic purpura; probable role of benzol;

massive transfusion; splenectomy, recovery," Sang 22(1):57-65 (1951); Schatzmann, H.

J., "[Fatal thrombocytopenic purpura in benzol poisoning]," Schweiz. Med. Wochenschr.

85(46):1123-1126 (Nov. 12, 1955); Gambini, G., et al., "[is there an isolated benzeneinduced

thrombocytopenic purpura]," Med. Lav. 59(1):25-31 (1968) [in Italian]; Ribera, J.

M., et al., "[idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura folflowing recovery from a benzolinduced

bone marrow aplasia]," Sangre (Barc.) 29(2):224-225 (1984); Chuansumrit, A.,

et al., "Acquired aplastic anemia in children: a review of 100 patients," Southeast Asian

J. Trop. Med. Public Health 21(2):313-320 (1990); Kudla, I., "Exposure to Benzene-

Contaminated Toluene and Bone Marrow Disorders: A Retrospective Exposure

Assessment," Appl. Occup. Environ. Hyg. 12(1):11-14 (1997).

Conclusion

The foregoing medical studies provide sufficient evidence that benzene causes

thrombocytopenia and the rare disease sometimes known as thrombocytopenic

purpura.

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Look this one up to.

79-116-c

It is a documented study as well.

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I will tell you from experience don't get stuck sending the Safety Data Sheets for specific manufactures of JP8 or JP4. Unless you specifically know that it is the one batch of fuel you were exposed to. It narrows your fight to that specific grade, manufactured batch, you don't want that. Also just in my experience get two IMO and turn them in at separate points in the process of your case. File the exposure claim, submit some evidence and leave the studies for when you get the denial. Then after submit the IMO. They are going to fight this tooth and nail. You must be very careful not to make a single mistake in your statements. Keep copies of everything you send in. Send it certified green card to as well. I guarantee you will need this. This I say from experience. The agencies I am currently fighting with will try to crucify you and tarnish your name. They will also place the burden of proof on you like no other claim I can think of so far that what I have experience in both VA, DOL, and Workers comp.

By the way, not trying to hijack the thread, this is just been my experience and dealings with this disease and trying to seek connection and afforded treatment. You have a hell of a fight coming. Just remember to stay the course and fight till your last breath. JMHO.

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