The endoscopic spectrum of late radiation damage of the rectosigmoid colon

Endoscopy. 1985 Nov;17(6):214-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1018506.


The endoscopic spectrum of late radiation damage to the rectosigmoid colon in 90 patients seen over a 10 year period (1973-1983) is presented. The main endoscopic findings were abnormalities of the mucosa with characteristic telangiectasis, luminal narrowing, superficial or deep solitary ulcers or more extensive diffuse ulceration and fistulae. A knowledge of the pathognomonic features may lead to early detection and treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Colon, Sigmoid / pathology
  • Colon, Sigmoid / radiation effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiation Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Rectum / pathology
  • Rectum / radiation effects*
  • Sigmoidoscopy