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  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radioactive terrorism
  • Contamination
  • Radioactive elements
  • Radiation dosage
  • Chelation therapy

Emergency Department Management of Patients Internally Contaminated with Radioactive Material


Journal Title:

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America


Volume 33, Number 1


, Pages 179-+

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


After a radiation emergency that involves the dispersal of radioactive material, patients can become externally and internally contaminated with 1 or more radionuclides. Internal contamination can lead to the delivery of harmful ionizing radiation doses to various organs and tissues or the whole body. The clinical consequences can range from acute radiation syndrome to the long-term development of cancer. Estimating the amount of radioactive material absorbed into the body can guide the management of patients. Treatment includes, in addition to supportive care and long term monitoring, certain medical countermeasures like Prussian blue, calcium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) and zinc DTPA.

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