Neurotoxicity of Radiation Therapy

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Direct or incidental exposure of the nervous system to therapeutic irradiation carries the risk of symptomatic neurologic injury. Central nervous system toxicity from radiation includes focal cerebral necrosis, neurocognitive deficits, and less commonly cerebrovascular disease, myelopathy, or the occurrence of a radiation-induced neoplasm. Brachial or lumbosacral plexopathy are the most common syndromes of radiation toxicity affecting the peripheral nervous system. This article focuses on the clinical features, diagnosis, and management options for patients with radiation neurotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages18
JournalNeurologic clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010


  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Brain neoplasms
  • Lumbosacral plexopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Radiation adverse effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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