Radiation-induced diarrhea is an abnormal increase in stool liquidity and frequency associated with radiation therapy, particularly with radiation to abdominal and pelvic fields. Acute radiation enteritis can be seen in up to 70% of patients, depending on treatment and patient predisposing factors. Late-onset effects, manifested as chronic enteritis, can occur months or years after treatment.
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