Radiation enteritis; Radiation-induced small bowel injury
Enteritis occurs when the lining of the small intestine swells and becomes inflamed. When the abdomen is radiated, the normal intestine in the radiation field can be damaged. Side effects including nausea, Vomiting, and diarrhea often occur during or immediately after radiation therapy.
Damage that persists and causes long-standing inflammation in the intestine is called radiation enteritis and results in long-term diarrhea.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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