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Other non-neoplastic disease

Radiation induced lung disease

Reviewers: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 19 December 2011, last major update December 2011
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Clinical features

● Incidence of severe disease decreasing due to better therapeutic modalities
Symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, radiologic infiltrates, diffuse alveolar damage and type II pneumocyte atypia
Acute radiation pneumonitis: 1-6 months after therapy, occurs in 10-20% of patients
Chronic radiation pneumonitis: interstitial fibrosis, epithelial atypia and foam cells in vessel walls


● Steroids

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