Objectives: The aim of this study is the evaluation of the influence of repeated (5 times for 15 min) exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) of 1800 MHz frequency on tissue lipid peroxidation (LPO) both in normal and inflammatory state, combined with analgesic treatment.
Material and methods: The concentration of malondialdehyde (MDA) as the end-product of the lipid peroxidation (LPO) was estimated in blood, liver, kidneys, and brain of Wistar rats, both healthy and those with complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced persistent paw inflammation.
Results: The slightly elevated levels of the MDA in blood, kidney, and brain were observed among healthy rats in electromagnetic field (EMF)-exposed groups, treated with tramadol (TRAM/EMF and exposed to the EMF). The malondialdehyde remained at the same level in the liver in all investigated groups: the control group (CON), the exposed group (EMF), treated with tramadol (TRAM) as well as exposed to and treated with tramadol (TRAM/EMF). In the group of animals treated with the complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) we also observed slightly increased values of the MDA in the case of the control group (CON) and the exposed groups (EMF and TRAM/EMF). The MDA values concerning kidneys remained at the same levels in the control, exposed, and not-exposed group treated with tramadol. Results for healthy rats and animals with inflammation did not differ significantly.
Conclusions: The electromagnetic field exposure (EMF), applied in the repeated manner together with opioid drug tramadol (TRAM), slightly enhanced lipid peroxidation level in brain, blood, and kidneys.
Keywords: analgesics; electromagnetic field; lipid peroxidation; malondialdehyde; rats; tramadol.
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