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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


radiation enteritis  listen  (RAY-dee-AY-shun EN-teh-RY-tis)

  Inflammation of the small intestine caused by radiation therapy to the abdomen, pelvis, or rectum. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping, frequent bowel movements, watery or bloody diarrhea, fatty stools, and weight loss. Some of these symptoms may continue for a long time.