Agent Orange Symptoms and Effects

The most distinguishing effects of dioxin poisoning are:

    a. chloracne
    b. liver dysfunction
    c. severe personality disorders
    d. cancers
    e. birth defects

The following is a list of reported Agent Orange symptoms and effects:

1. Gastrointestinal:
    loss of appetite (anorexia)
    nausea
    vomiting
    diarrhea
    constipation
    yellowing of eyes, skin, and urine (Jaundice)
    liver inflammation (Hepatitis)
    vomiting blood (Hematemesis)
    abdominal pain
    gastric hyperplasia
    gastric ulcers

2. Genitourinary:
    stones
    burning
    bloody urine (Hermaturia)
    dribbling
    brown urine
    bladder discomfort
    kidney pain

3. Neurological:
    tingling
    numbness
    dizziness
    headaches
    twitching, fidgeting, etc. (Automatic dyscontrol)
    Suspension of breath (sleep apnea)
    incoordination
    unnaturally
    drowsy (Hypersomnolence)
    loss of sensation in extremities

4. Psychiatric:
    violent
    irritable
    angry
    severe depression
    suicide
    frenzied (Manic)
    tremulous
    memory loss
    loss of concentration
    severe personality changes

5. Metabolic:
    fatigue
    rapid weight loss
    spontaneous fever
    chills

6. Cardiovascular:
    elevated blood pressure
    blood deficiency

7. Skin:
    chloracne
    rash
    increased sensitivity (heat)
    increased sensitivity (sun)
    altered skin color
    loss of hair
    brittle nails

8. Cancer:
    tumors
    liver
    lung
    testicular
    ear duct

9. Family:
    miscarriages child's deaths---birth defects
    a. cleft palates         b. open eye
    c. kidney abnormalities  d. enlarged liver
    e. enlarged head         f. club foot
    g. intestinal hemmorage  h. missing or abnormal fingers, toes
    i. missing or abnormal reproductive organs
    j. missing, abnormal, or displaced body parts

10.Endocrine:
    enlarged male mammary glands (Gynecomastia)
    excessive milk flow from nipples (Galactorrhea)
    decreased sexual drive
    difficulty maintaining and erection

11. Visual:
    blurring
    burning

12. Hearing Loss

13.Respiratory:
    difficulty or painful breath (Dyspenea)
    shortness of breath

Become familiar with Agent Orange and the Health of Our Vietnam Veterans

Agent Orange Overview.   Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict.  Shortly following their military service in Vietnam, some veterans reported a variety of health problems and concerns which some of them attributed to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides.  The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive program to respond to these medical problems and concerns.  The principal elements of this program include quality healthcare services, disability compensation for veterans with service-connected illnesses, scientific research and outreach and education. 

Agent Orange Poster - May 2004 (pdf)

IOM Identifies Link with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Principi Extends Benefits

Agent Orange General Information Brochure - July 2003(pdf)

Agent Orange Information Bulletin 10-49 - March 2004 (Espanol)

Veterans Benefits for those exposed to Agent Orange 

Agent Orange Handbook 1302.1 - October 5, 2004

Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) Agent Orange
AGENT ORANGE BRIEFS (FACT SHEETS)