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Clin Chest Med. 2017 Jun;38(2):201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2016.12.004. Epub 2017 Mar 1.

Radiation Pneumonitis.

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1
Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, 35 Park Street, Ste LL 513, New Haven, CT 06511, USA.
2
Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, 35 Park Street, Ste LL 513, New Haven, CT 06511, USA. Electronic address: Sameer.nath@yale.edu.

Abstract

Radiation-induced lung injury is a well-known complication of thoracic radiation for patients with breast, lung, thymic, and esophageal malignancies, and mediastinal lymphomas. Improvements in radiation technique, as well as the understanding of the pathophysiology of radiation injury, have led to lower rates of pneumonitis and improved symptom control. Here, the authors provide an overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of patients with radiation pneumonitis as a complication of treatment of chest malignancies.

KEYWORDS:

Radiation complications; Radiation fibrosis; Radiation pneumonitis

PMID:
28477633
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccm.2016.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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