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Radiation enteritis

  • Alternative Names

    Radiation enteropathy; Radiation-induced small bowel injury; Post-radiation enteritis


    Prevention

    Newer treatment methods are used, when possible, to avoid or decrease the chance of radiation enteritis. These methods include:

    • Adjusting how much radiation is given during any one treatment session, so that lower amounts are delivered more evenly or higher amounts are delivered to specific areas
    • Having a full bladder during treatments
    • Placing special clips surgically around the area needing radiation. This helps the radiation doctor focus on the treatment area.

    References

    Czito BG, Willett CG. Radiation injury. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2010: chap 39.

    Gastrointestinal Complications (PDQ). Radiation Enteritis. Last modified October 8, 2009.