Saturday, 7 January 2017

Radiodermatitis or radiation dermatitis

It «is a cutaneous inflammatory reaction to exposure to biologically effective levels of ionizing radiation» [1]. It «can range from erythema to wet desquamation of the skin (tissue sloughing) in acute form; tissue atrophy, fibrosis, and permanent scarring in chronic form. Permanent changes in skin pigmentation can also occur» [2].
Bibliographic references:
[1] Radiodermatitis. (n.d.) Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. (2003). Retrieved January 7 2017 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/radiodermatitis.
[2] Radiation dermatitis. (n.d.) Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing. (2012). Retrieved January 7 2017 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/radiation+dermatitis.