Acute radiation syndrome

health problems caused by exposure to very high levels of ionizing radiation
(Redirected from Radiation poisoning)

Acute radiation syndrome (ARS) also known as radiation poisoning, radiation sickness or radiation toxicity, is a syndrome or group of health effects which occur within months of exposure to high amounts of ionizing radiation.[1][2] The term generally refers to acute (serious, rapid onset) problems rather than ones that develop after a prolonged period.[3][4][5] It is mainly damage to the blood, digestive system, and nervous system.


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