Anti-inflammatory effects of low-dose radiotherapy

Indications, dose, and radiobiological mechanisms involved

Entzündungshemmende Effekte von niedrigdosierter Strahlentherapie

Indikationen, Dosis und zugrundeliegende radiobiologische Mechanismen


Low-dose radiotherapy (LD-RT) has been used for several benign diseases, including arthrodegenerative and inflammatory pathologies. Despite its effectiveness in clinical practice, little is known about the mechanisms through which LD-RT modulates the various phases of the inflammatory response and about the optimal dose fractionation. The objective of this review is to deepen knowledge about the most effective LD-RT treatment schedule and radiobiological mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of LD-RT in various in vitro experiments, in vivo studies, and clinical studies.


Niedrigdosierte Strahlentherapie (LD-RT) wird für die Behandlung verschiedener gutartiger Erkrankungen, einschließlich für arthrodegenerative und entzündliche Erkrankungen verwendet. Obwohl diese in der Praxis effektiv sind, wissen wir noch sehr wenig über die zugrundeliegenden Mechanismen der entzündungshemmenden Wirkung und die optimale Dosisfraktionierung. Das Ziel des Artikels ist es, unser Wissen über LD-RT und die zugrundeliegenden entzündungshemmenden Effekte in verschiedenen In-vitro-Versuchen und In-vivo-Studien sowie in klinischen Studien zu vertiefen.

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Arenas, M., Sabater, S., Hernández, V. et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of low-dose radiotherapy. Strahlenther Onkol 188, 975–981 (2012).

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  • Low-dose radiotherapy
  • Leukocyte
  • Endothelium
  • Adhesion molecules
  • Benign diseases


  • Niedrigdosierte Strahlentherapie
  • Leukozyten
  • Endothelium
  • Adhäsionsmoleküle
  • Gutartige Erkrankungen