Radiation enteropathy; Radiation-induced small bowel injury; Post-radiation enteritis
Symptoms may be different depending on what part of the intestines received the radiation.
Changes in bowel movements may include:
- Bleeding or mucus from the rectum
- Diarrhea or watery stools
- Feeling the need to have a bowel movement most or all of the time
- Pain in the rectal area, especially during bowel movements
Other symptoms can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramping or pain
Most of the time, these symptoms get better within 2 - 3 weeks after radiation treatment ends. This is called acute radiation enteritis.
When symptoms become long-term (chronic), other problems may include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Greasy or fatty stools
- Weight loss
Signs and tests
The health care provider will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history.
Tests are not needed very often, but may include: