Surgical management of radiation-induced intestinal injury

Barak Benjamin, Shmuel Avital

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Radiation therapy has been utilized as an important component in the treatment of pelvic malignancy for many decades. Its toxic effect on the small and large intestines may lead to complications that necessitate surgical intervention, such as obstruction, perforation, fistulization, and intractable bleeding. Due to the nature of the damage caused by radiation to the bowel, surgical treatment poses a significant challenge for the operating surgeon, and requires special considerations. This chapter will outline the principles and practice of current surgical management for patients with radiation injury of the intestinal tract.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadiation Therapy for Pelvic Malignancy and its Consequences
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781493922178
ISBN (Print)9781493922161
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bowel
  • Diverting stoma
  • Intestinal resection
  • Proctectomy
  • Radiation enteritis
  • Radiation proctitis
  • Reconstruction


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