Neurological changes induced by a mobile phone

Occup Med (Lond). 2002 Oct;52(7):413-5. doi: 10.1093/occmed/52.7.413.


Dysaesthesiae of the scalp after mobile phone use have been previously reported, but the basis for this has not been clear. We report a case of a 34-year-old journalist who complained of symptoms associated with use of a mobile phone. She agreed to a provocation study with her phone. Current perception threshold testing before and after exposure showed marked changes in the C-fibre nerves of the affected area compared with the opposite side. The case is supportive of a neurological basis for some cases of dysaesthesiae associated with mobile phone use.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cell Phone*
  • Female
  • Headache / etiology
  • Humans
  • Optic Nerve Injuries / etiology
  • Pain / etiology
  • Paresthesia / etiology*
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology