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Shim, Kim, Oh, Lim, and Kown: Radiation Induced Hand Necrosis of an Orthopaedic Surgeon Who Had Treated a Patient with Fluoroscopy-Guided Spine Injection


As the frequency of radiation exposure by fluoroscopy continues to increase in orthopaedic fields, the level of hazard for the orthopaedic surgeon increases at the same time. Exposure of the clinician's hand is highest during performance of surgery or procedures within the actual clinics. Studies on radiation exposure on thyroid, eye or whole body, or reports on radiation treatment of cancer or for dermal lesions occurring from therapeutic intervention on the body such as heart and liver, and studies on radioactive damage to hands derived from radioactive material handlers have been reported; however, no studies on radioactive damage to a clinician's hand have been reported. Therefore, we report on a case of chronic radiation dermatitis and necrosis of an orthopaedic surgeon's hand as well as its soft tissue defect.

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Figure 1
Radiation dermatitis developed on the hands of an orthopedic surgeon. Overall, both sides of the thumb and index finger showed redness, swelling, and atrophy of the nails. Necrosis measuring 6×4 cm2 was observed on the radial side of the left index finger.
Figure 2
The biopsy shows features of chronic radiation dermatitis. (A) The biopsy shows epidermal atrophy, fibrotic dermis with degeneration, maturation destruction of membrane, and absence of hair follicles (H&E, ×40). (B) The microscopic pathologic findings of epidermis show severe inflammatory cell infiltration, atypia inflammation, and thickend collagen fibers (H&E, ×200).
Figure 3
An ulcerative lesion on the second finger was well treated using dorsalispedis free flap and split thickness skin-graft.


This paper was supported by Wonkwang University in 2013.


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