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October 28, 1961

Renal Radiation-Reply

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20 S. Dudley St., Memphis, Tenn.

JAMA. 1961;178(4):439. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040430074025

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Corcoran points out that 2,500 r produced evidence of radiation nephritis after exposure of dog kidneys. We are aware of radiation nephritis, and, for that reason, none of our patients have received over 1,500 r to the kidney, and one responded to 391 r (Case 6). Heminephrectomy is only suitable where a venous calycine channel can be demonstrated by pyelograms. Case 1 underwent heminephrectomy 2 years following radiation of 1,500 r, and no evidence of radiation nephritis was found in the tissue removed.

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