Management of Ionizing Radiation Injuries and Illnesses, Part 5: Local Radiation Injury

Carol J. Iddins, MD; Doran M. Christensen, DO; Steven J. Parrillo, DO; Erik S. Glassman, EMT-P, MS; and Ronald E. Goans, PhD, MD, MPH
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Received: October 18, 2013

Accepted: November 13, 2013

Published: November 1, 2014

J Osteopath Med; 114(11): 840-848

This final article in the series on the medical management of ionizing radiation injuries and illnesses focuses on the effects of acute ionizing radiation exposure to one of the largest organ systems of the body—the skin. These injuries may extend beyond the skin into deeper tissues and cause local radiation injury. There are numerous causes of these injuries, ranging from industrial incidents to medical procedures. In the present article, the authors characterize the clinical course, pathophysiologic process, sources of injury, diagnosis, and management of local radiation injury and describe a clinical scenario. This information is important for primary care physicians, to whom patients are likely to initially present with such injuries. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014;114(11):840-848 doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.170

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