Radiation-induced lung injury
|Radiation-induced lung injury|
|Classification and external resources|
Pulmonary radiation injury is a general term for damage to the lungs which occurs as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation. In general terms, such damage is divided into early inflammatory damage (radiation pneumonitis) and later complications of chronic scarring (radiation fibrosis). Pulmonary radiation injury most commonly occurs as a result of radiation therapy administered to treat cancer.
- Loss of epithelial cells
- Occlusions of airways, air sacs and blood vessels
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