Intraperitoneal Spread of Malignancies

  • Morton A. Meyers


The spread of neoplasms within the peritoneal cavity occurs by direct invasion, intraperitoneal seeding, embolic metastases, and lymphatic extension.41,62 Recent insights and basic correlation with the pathogenesis of the intraabdominal spread of malignancies have established that the pattern of involvement and the individual effects of secondary malignancies of the bowel often present characteristic radiologic features.36,37,40,41,45 These reflect the mode of dissemination and thereby indicate the primary site. They are based on the application of certain gross anatomic relationships, the dynamic factors of the flow of ascites, and conditions of hematogenous dissemination.


Transverse Colon Ascitic Fluid Direct Invasion Small Bowel Loop Ileal Loop 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton A. Meyers
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  1. 1.Department of Radiology, School of MedicineState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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