Radiation Effects on Abdominal Organs

  • K.-R. Trott
  • T. Herrmann
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

The abdominal organs are all rather radiosensitive, which has limited the use of radiotherapy in the treatment of the most common abdominal cancers. Even though the pathogenesis of the acute and chronic complications after irradiation of the various abdominal organs is essentially similar, the clinical and pathomorphological manifestations of radiation injury are very different and relate to differences in the structure and the function of the organs. Therefore, radiation effects on the stomach, bowel, liver, and pancreas are described in separate sections. As the literature is extensive (especially that regarding radiation effects on the intestines), we have been selective in discussing only those aspects of radiation injury which we regard as most relevant to clinical radiotherapy.

Keywords

Lipase Radium Pancreatitis Acidity Luminal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K.-R. Trott
    • 1
  • T. Herrmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation BiologyMedical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Abteilung für StrahlentherapieMedizinische Akademie “Carl Gustav Carus”, Klinik für RadiologieDresdenGermany

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