Metastatic disease of the mesentery and omentum

Academic Article


  • Primary tumors within the abdomen frequently spread to the mesentery and omentum, but these deposits may not cause symptoms until they grow large enough to displace organs or cause intestinal obstruction. Until recently, such metastases usually were not recognizable radiographically until they were quite large. Partial small bowel obstruction usually prompted barium studies of the gastrointestinal tract, which showed indirect signs of mesenteric disease. Now, mesenteric and omental masses, when they become greater than 2 cm in size, can be detected by using computed tomography (CT) before bowel obstruction occurs. This report discusses the capabilities, limitations, and sequencing of radiologic procedures useful in diagnosing mesenteric and omental metastases.
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  • Levitt RG; Koehler RE; Sagel SS; Lee JKT
  • Start Page

  • 501
  • End Page

  • 510
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3