Chronic radiodermatitis

Chronic radiodermatitis
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 L58.1 (ILDS L58.100)

Chronic radiodermatitis occurs with chronic exposure to "sub-erythema" doses of ionizing radiation over a prolonged period, producing varying degrees of damage to the skin and its underlying parts after a variable latent period of several months to several decades.[1]:40 In the past this type of radiation reaction occurred most frequently in radiologists and radiographic technologists who were constantly exposed to ionizing radiation.[1]:40 Restated, chronic radiodermatitis, squamous and basal cell carcinomas may develop months to years after radiation exposure.[2]:130[3] Clinically, chronic radiodermatitis presents as atrophic indurated plaques, often whitish or yellowish, with telangiectasia, sometimes with hyperkeratosis.[2]:130

See also

  • Acute radiodermatitis
  • Radiation dermatitis
  • Skin lesion


  1. ^ a b James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0. 
  2. ^ a b Rapini, Ronald P. (2005). Practical dermatopathology. Elsevier Mosby. ISBN 0-323-01198-5. 
  3. ^ Dehen L, Vilmer C, Humilière C, et al. (March 1999). "Chronic radiodermatitis following cardiac catheterisation: a report of two cases and a brief review of the literature". Heart 81 (3): 308–12. PMC 1728981. PMID 10026359. 

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