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IP Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology


A clinico-epidemiological study on radiation induced dermatitis of head and neck malignancy patients at a teritiary care centre in south India


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Author Details : Navyashree Suresha*, Sukumar Dandekeri

Volume : 5, Issue : 4, Year : 2019

Article Page : 327-331


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Abstract

Introduction: Radiotherapy is an important modality of treatment for head and neck malignancies.
Radiation dermatitis is the most common adverse effect following radiotherapy.
Materials and Methods: A clinico-epidemiological study where in 84 subjects who were receiving
radiation therapy for head and neck malignancy were included in the study. Clinico – epidemiological
parameters were noted. Radiation dermatitis was graded using RTOG criteria.
Results: Eighty four patients were included in the study. The most common age group involved were in
the range of 41-50 years. Males (69.05%) outnumbered females (30.95%). Carcinoma tongue (35.7%)
was the most common malignancy observed. Past history of atopy and other skin diseases were found to
increase the risk of radiation dermatitis.
Conclusion: Radiation dermatitis was more severe with patients with other contributing risk factors and
other co-morbidities.

Keywords: Radiation dermatitis, RTOG criteria, Head and neck malignancy, Radiotherapy.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijced.2019.068

How to cite : Suresha N, Dandekeri S, A clinico-epidemiological study on radiation induced dermatitis of head and neck malignancy patients at a teritiary care centre in south India. IP Indian J Clin Exp Dermatol 2019;5(4):327-331

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