Management of Radiation Proctitis

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The optimal management of radiation proctitis is ill defined. A variety of alternatives are available and include topical agents (ie, sucralfate enemas, formalin), oral agents (ie, pentoxyfylline, vitamin A), hyperbaric oxygen, and endoscopic interventions (ie, argon plasma coagulation). It is prudent to manage patients conservatively and to intervene only when necessary with the option least likely to exacerbate the proctitis. Rectal biopsies should be avoided as they may precipitate a complication. More aggressive measures, such as argon laser coagulation, should be employed only when more conservative approaches fail.

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