Radiation ulcers and other chronic wounds

Na Hyun Hwang, Jae Ho Chung, Deok Woo Kim

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    Abstract

    Radiation ulcers are wounds caused by acute or chronic effects of ionizing radiation. The injury may involve the skin, underlying soft tissue, and even deeper into bones. Radiation is used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. Although it is useful to affect tumor death, it also exerts a deleterious effect on surrounding normal tissues. These effects are either acute or can manifest months or years after the treatment. The chronic wounds are a result of impaired wound healing. This impairment leads to fibrosis, nonhealing ulcers, lymphedema and radionecrosis amongst others.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)801-808
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
    Volume58
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 1

    Keywords

    • Radiation
    • Radiation damage
    • Radiotherapy
    • Wounds and injuries

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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