Current Gastroenterology Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 361–365 | Cite as

Radiation enteritis

  • Mike M. Bismar
  • Frank A. Sinicrope


The frequent use of radiotherapy for abdominal and pelvic malignancies results in an increased risk of radiation enteritis. An increased understanding of the tissue response and the clinical features of radiation enteritis has led to advances in the prevention and management of this condition. Importantly, improvements in the delivery of radiotherapy, including techniques to reduce the amount of exposed small intestine in the radiation field, represent a critical strategy for prevention. Data indicate that radioprotectant agents have the potential to reduce intestinal mucosal injury and may be beneficial in reducing both acute and chronic side effects of radiotherapy.


Sucralfate Amifostine Radiation Injury Radiation Enteritis Home Parenteral Nutrition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike M. Bismar
    • 1
  • Frank A. Sinicrope
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine and NutritionM.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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