Dyscirculatory encephalopathy in Chernobyl disaster clean-up workers (a 20-year study)

Neurosci Behav Physiol. 2010 May;40(4):467-70. doi: 10.1007/s11055-010-9281-9.


Results obtained over 20-years of following 536 Chernobyl clean-up workers and 436 control subjects are presented. Dyscirculatory encephalopathy developed more frequently in persons exposed to radiation at age 30 years. As compared with the control group, workers were characterized by early onset of disease, faster progression, stable symptomatology for 5-6 years, and further progression of disease in the form of autonomic dysfunction, psycho-organic syndrome, and epilepsy. Major strokes were also more common in clean-up workers.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Ischemia / epidemiology*
  • Brain Ischemia / etiology*
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Exposure*
  • Radiation Injuries / complications*