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Radiation Syndromes


Synonyms of Radiation Syndromes
  • Radiation Disease
  • Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Illness
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Radiation Reaction
  • Radiation Sickness

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Radiation syndromes describe the harmful effects--acute, delayed, or chronic--produced by exposure to ionizing radiations. Tissues vary in response to immediate radiation injury according to the following descending order of sensitivity: (1) lymph cells (2) reproductive organs (3) proliferating cells of the bone marrow (4) epithelial cells of the bowel (5) top layer (epidermis) of the skin (6) liver cells (7) epithelium of the little lung sacs (alveoli) and bile passages (8) kidney epithelial cells (9) endothelial cells of the membranes around the lungs, lining the chest cavity (pleura) and the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) (10) nerve cells (11) bone cells (12) muscle and connective tissue. Generally, the more rapid the turnover of the cell, the greater the radiation sensitivity.
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    Organizations related to Radiation Syndromes
    • American Cancer Society, Inc.
      1599 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30329
      Phone #: 404-320-3333
      800 #: 800-227-2345
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.org
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
      1311 Mamaroneck Ave
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-949-5213
      800 #: 800-955-4572
      e-mail: infocenter@LLS.org
      Home page: http://www.LLS.org
    • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
      7910 Woodmont Avenue
      Bethesda MD 20814-3095
      Phone #: 301-657-2652
      800 #: --
      e-mail: ncrp@NCRPonline.org
      Home page: http://www.NCRPonline.org



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