Here we report on the interventions taken to treat a patient exposed to high-dose radiation and provide a protocol for treating such patients in the future. The patient, Mr. Wang, was a 58-year-old male janitor who was accidentally exposed to a 192Ir source with an activity of 966.4 GBq or 26.1 Ci. The dose estimated to the lower right limb was 4,100 Gy, whereas the whole-body effective dose was 1.51 Gy. The diagnosis was made according to the results of the patient dose estimation and clinical manifestations. Systemic treatment included stimulating bone marrow hematopoietic cells, enhancing immunity, anti-infection and vitamin supplements. The treatment of radiation-induced skin lesions consisted of several debridements, two skin-flap transplantations and application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Skin-flap transplantations and MSCs play important roles in the recovery of skin wound. A combination of antibiotics and antimycotic was useful in reducing inflammation. The application of vacuum sealing drainage was effective in removing necrotic tissue and bacteria, ameliorating ischemia and hypoxia of wound tissue, providing a fresh wound bed for wound healing and improving skin or flap graft survival rates. The victim survived the accident without amputation, and function of his highly exposed right leg was partially recovered. These results demonstrate the importance of collaboration among members of a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of this patient.
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