Medical Definition of Agent Orange

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Agent Orange: An herbicide and defoliant containing 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T and trace amounts of dioxin. Agent Orange was used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange is a carcinogen and teratogen (cause cancer and birth defects).

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the US has found "sufficient evidence" of an association between exposure to Agent Orange and the risk of developing chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin disease, soft tissue sarcoma and diabetes.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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