Radiation myelopathy: Case report Radyasyon miyelopatisi: Olgu sunumu

Terzi M., Cengiz N., Özbenli T., Onar M. K.

Ondokuz Mayis Universitesi Tip Dergisi, vol.22, no.1, pp.46-49, 2005 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Name: Ondokuz Mayis Universitesi Tip Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-49
  • Keywords: Myelopathy, Radiotherapy, Spinal cord
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Myelopathy is an uncommon complication of radiotherapy. Radiation myelopathy is principally a white matter injury of the spinal cord induced by ionizing radiation after a certain latent period. Several factors, such as radiation dose, fractination or linear energy transfer, modify its occurrence and severity. A 56-year old man with gastric adenocarcinoma underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy following tumor excision. Two months later he developed a progressive paraparesis. This case is a model for the patiens that develops neurologic dysfunction after radiotherapy.