Effects of acute exposure to ultrahigh radiofrequency radiation on three antenna engineers

Occup Environ Med. 1997 Apr;54(4):281-4. doi: 10.1136/oem.54.4.281.


Three men were accidentally exposed to high levels of ultrahigh frequency radiofrequency radiation (785 MHz mean frequency) while working on a television mast. They experienced an immediate sensation of intense heating of the parts of the body in the electromagnetic field followed by a variety of symptoms and signs which included pain, headache, numbness, and parasthesiae, malaise, diarrhoea, and skin erythema. The most notable problem was that of acute then chronic headache involving the part of the head which was most exposed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diarrhea / etiology
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Erythema / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / complications
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology*
  • Radio Waves*
  • Radioactive Hazard Release*