Radiation Entritis. Clinical Vignette.
Epidemiology - 5-15% of patients treated with radiotherapy (usually > 4.5Gy) develop radiation enteropathy, the risk is augmented in doses over 10Gy.
The most common clinical finding is generalized abdominal tenderness without peritoneal signs. Rarely, severe acute enteritis is associated with massive hematochezia or bowel perforation.
Authors: Curtis, N.J.1; Bryant, T.2; Raj, S.2; Bateman, A.R.2; Mirnezami, A.H.2
Source:Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 93, Number 7, October 2011 , pp. 129E-130E(2)
Publisher: The Royal College of Surgeons of England