radiation enteropathy

radiation enteropathy
damage to the small intestine that is caused by ionizing radiation and is more chronic than that from radiation enteritis (q.v.); it may include mucosal atrophy, vascular sclerosis, intestinal stenosis, and eventually obstruction. In some patients it progresses to abscesses, ulceration, perforation, or fistula formation.

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