Psychological symptoms and intermittent hypertension following acute microwave exposure

J Occup Med. 1982 Nov;24(11):932-4.


Two men who were accidentally, acutely irradiated with X-band microwave radiation have been followed up clinically for 12 months. Both men developed similar psychological symptoms, which included emotional lability, irritability, headaches, and insomnia. Several months after the incidents, hypertension was diagnosed in both patients. No organic basis for the psychological problems could be found nor could any secondary cause for the hypertension. A similar syndrome following microwave exposure has been described by the East Europeans. The two cases we report, with comparable subjective symptoms and hypertension following a common exposure, provide further strong, circumstantial evidence of cause and effect. A greater knowledge of the mechanisms involved in bioeffects which may be induced by radiofrequency and microwave radiation is definitely needed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Headache / etiology
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / etiology*
  • Male
  • Microwaves / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology*