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Radiation induced lung disease

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Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Clinical features | Treatment
Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Radiation induced lung disease. website. Accessed September 30th, 2023.
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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