Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Radiation Enteritis Overview

What is radiation enteritis?
A person with radiation enteritis has swelling and inflammation of the lining of the small intestine due to radiation therapy from cancer treatments. Radiation enteritis is usually more severe in those with diabetes, atherosclerosis, or a history for prior abdominal surgery.

What are the symptoms of radiation enteritis?
The symptoms of radiation enteritis include anorexia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat radiation enteritis?
The treatment of radiation enteritis includes avoiding fats and dairy foods, medications to control diarrhea, and eating small meals often. Other medications used to treat radiation enteritis include ondansetron, loperamide, diphenoxylate and atropine, cholestyramine, sucralfate, and topical corticosteroids (hydrocortisone).

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Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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