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Surgical management of focal ionising radiation burns
  1. Cara Swain1 and
  2. M Khan2
  1. 1 Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2 St Mary’s Hospital, Major Trauma Centre, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr M Khan, St Mary’s Hospital, Major Trauma, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W21NY, UK; mansoorkhan{at}


The management of focal radiation burns after prolonged exposure to ionising radiation remains a relatively rare but significant therapeutic challenge. This narrative aims to highlight certain aspects of management that can be overlooked and mitigation strategies in the management of these potentially fatal injuries.

  • radiation
  • burn
  • surgery

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  • Contributors Both authors developed the concept, critically evaluated the literature and undertook production of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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