Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke Za Zhi 2020 Aug;23(8):723-727
Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, China.
Radiation intestinal injury (RII) refers to the intestinal complication resulting from radiation therapy of pelvic, abdominal or retroperitoneal tumor, which involves the small intestine, colon and rectum. Although the advances in radiotherapy technology have decreased the injury of adjacent tissues, 90% of the patients receiving radiotherapy have acute symptoms, the quality of life is affected due to gastrointestinal symptoms in 50% of patients, and 20%-40% of patients have moderate to severe symptoms. Based on the pathological stage, characteristics and clinical manifestations, RII can be divided into acute and chronic types, generally 3 to 6 months as the cutoff in clinical history. Read More