Neurological abnormalities associated with mobile phone use

Occup Med (Lond). 2000 Jul;50(5):366-8. doi: 10.1093/occmed/50.5.366.


Dysaesthesiae of the scalp after mobile phone use have been previously reported but the pathological basis of these symptoms has been unclear. We report finding a neurological abnormality in a patient after prolonged use of a mobile phone. He had permanent unilateral dysaesthesiae of the scalp, slight loss of sensation, and abnormalities on current perception threshold testing of cervical and trigeminal nerves. A neurologist found no other disease. The implications regarding health effects of mobile phones and radio-frequency radiation is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Equipment Design
  • Facial Nerve Injuries / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination / methods
  • Pain / etiology
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology*
  • Scalp
  • Telephone
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed