A survey of neurovegetative and hematologic disorders was conducted in a population (n=13) exposed occupationally to environmental electromagnetic fields ; the population was matched with 13 control subjects.
The exposed subjects worked at least 8 h/d for 1-5 y in premises located above transformers and high-tension cables, and the subjects were submitted to low-frequency electromagnetic fields (i.e., 50 Hz) of 0.2 muT-6.6 muT.
The subjects were matched with respect to socioeconomic category, sex, and age with a control population of subjects that worked in premises outside of the immediate vicinity of transformers or high-tension cables.
The exposed population had a significant increase in degree of certain neurovegetative disorders (i.e., physical fatigue, psychical asthenia, lipothymia, decreased libido, melancholy, depressive tendency, and irritability).
In addition, the population experienced a significant fall in total lymphocytes and CD4, CD3, and CD2 lymphocytes, as well as a rise in NK cells.
Leukopenia and neutropenia were also observed in two persons permanently exposed to doses of 1.2-6.6 muT.
The disorders disappeared when exposure stopped, and they reappeared on reexposure.
Mots-clés Pascal : Champ électromagnétique, Basse fréquence, Toxicité, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Immunopathologie, Transformateur, Trouble humeur, Epidémiologie, France, Europe, Système nerveux pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Electromagnetic field, Low frequency, Toxicity, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Immunopathology, Electric transformer, Mood disorder, Epidemiology, France, Europe, Nervous system diseases
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Cote : 98-0228672
Code Inist : 002A08E. Création : 11/09/1998.