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Management of radiation exposure in children following a nuclear disaster

Joseph Y Allen, MD
Erin E Endom, MD
Section Editor
Daniel F Danzl, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


Radiation exposure in children is a rare occurrence. However, the potential for radiation exposure is significant.

Physicians who treat patients who are exposed to radiation must understand the biologic effects of the various types of radiation in order to determine which patients are at risk for radiation injury, to manage patients with radiation exposure, and to minimize the risk of contamination of hospital equipment and personnel.

The management of the various types of radiation injury in children will be reviewed here. Clinical features of radiation injury in children and adults, treatment of radiation injury in adults, and the emergency care of thermal burns in children and adults are discussed separately:

(See "Clinical features of radiation exposure in children".)

(See "Biology and clinical features of radiation injury in adults".)

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