What is the impact of electromagnetic waves on
BDCDEF 1 Nilgun Cinar
DEF 1 Sevki Sahin
ADE 2 Oguz O. Erdinc
Corresponding Author: Nilgun Cinar, e-mail: cinarnilgun gmail.com
Source of support: Self financing
Background: The effects of electromagnetic waves (EMWs) on humans and their relationship with various disorders have
been investigated. We aimed to investigate the effects of exposure to different frequencies of EMWs in various
durations in a mouse epilepsy model induced by pentylenetetrazole (PTZ).
Material/Methods: A total of 180 4-week-old male mice weighing 25-30 g were used in this study. Each experimental group consisted
of 10 mice. They were exposed to 900, 700, 500, 300, and 100 MHz EMWs for 20 hours, 12 hours and
2 hours. Following electromagnetic radiation exposure, 60 mg/kg of PTZ was injected intraperitoneally to all
mice. Each control was also injected with PTZ without any exposure to EMW. The latency of initial seizure and
most severe seizure onset were compared with controls.
Results: The shortest initial seizure latency was noted in the 12-hour group, followed by the 700 MHz. The mean initial
seizure latencies in the 2-hour EMW exposed group was significantly shorter compared to that in the 12- and
20-hour groups. There was no significant difference between 12- and 20-hour EMW exposed groups. There
was a significant difference between control and 2- and 10-hour EMW exposed groups. No statistically significant
differences were noted in mean latencies of the most severe seizure latency, following 20-, 12-, and 2-
hour EMW exposed groups and control groups.
Conclusions: Our findings suggest that acute exposure to EMW may facilitate epileptic seizures, which may be independent
of EMW exposure time. This information might be important for patients with epilepsy. Further studies are
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