Saturday, 7 January 2017

Radiodermatitis or radiation dermatitis

It «is a cutaneous inflammatory reaction to exposure to biologically effective levels of ionizing radiation» [1]. It «can range from erythema to wet desquamation of the skin (tissue sloughing) in acute form; tissue atrophy, fibrosis, and permanent scarring in chronic form. Permanent changes in skin pigmentation can also occur» [2].
Source: Aistars J, Vehlow K. Radiation Dermatitis | Cancer Network. Cancernetworkcom. 2007. Available at: Accessed March 30, 2018.

Source: Madhavan R. Radiation in oral cancers. Slidesharenet. 2017. Available at: Accessed March 30, 2018.

How to care for your skin during radiation therapy:

Bibliographic references:
[1] Radiodermatitis. (n.d.) Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. (2003). Retrieved January 7 2017 from
[2] Radiation dermatitis. (n.d.) Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing. (2012). Retrieved January 7 2017 from


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