World Trade Center-related conditions

Many thousands of rescue, recovery and clean-up workers, as well as volunteers, were exposed to the hazardous fumes at Ground Zero (as the site has come to be known) during the days and months after the 9/11 attacks. Some of the most common 9/11-related illnesses suffered by those exposed are respiratory ailments, digestive disorders and mental health conditions.

WTC-Related Conditions Symptoms

Symptoms of sinus ailments may include:

  • Persistent runny nose
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Persistent sinus congestion
  • Chronic post-nasal drip

Symptoms of respiratory ailments may include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Abnormal breathing pattern

Symptoms of digestive disorders may include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Heartburn
  • Cough (worsens with meals or at night)
  • Symptoms of mental health conditions may include:
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Irritability/outbursts of anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Feelings of isolation/suicidal thoughts

WTC-Related Conditions Causes:

The impact of the planes on the WTC towers caused thousands of tons of toxic debris--including known carcinogens (cancer causing agents)--to become airborne, resulting in many debilitating illnesses among those who were exposed.