Encyclopedia of Radiation Oncology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Luther W. Brady, Theodore E. Yaeger

Acute Radiation Sickness

  • John P. ChristodouleasEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85516-3_725

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Definition

Acute radiation sickness refers to the constellation of symptoms that may occur after total or near total body radiation exposures. Acute radiation sickness is broken down into three phases: prodrome, latency, and illness. The duration and severity of each of these phases is determined by the total dose of the exposure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Perelman Cancer Center, Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of Pennsylvania HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA