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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 325--331

Management of radiation wounds


1 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Subramania Iyer
Department of Plastic - Reconstructive Surgery & Head- Neck Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.101311

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Radiotherapy forms an integral part in cancer treatment today. It is used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. Although radiotherapy is useful to effect tumour death, it also exerts a deleterious effect on surrounding normal tissues. These effects are either acute or can manifest months or years after the treatment. The chronic wounds are a result of impaired wound healing. This impairment results in fibrosis, nonhealing ulcers, lymphoedema and radionecrosis amongst others. This article will discuss the pathophysiology in brief, along with the manifestations of radiation-induced injury and the treatment available currently






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