Spread of Metastatic Disease in the Abdomen and Pelvis

  • James A. Brink
  • Ali Shirkhoda


Basic knowledge of the normal intra-abdominal anatomy and of the anatomical variants is essential to understanding the spread of pathology within the peritoneum. Of special importance are constant landmarks, i.e., the anatomical relationships maintained and bounded by peritoneal and fascial attachments as well as by the abdominal adipose tissue. The peritoneal and extraperitoneal spaces and their fascial planes create complex three-dimensional structures with unique radiological characteristics. Intraperitoneal and extraperitoneal adipose tissue provides contrast interfaces between the organs and visceral structures. The intra-abdominal adipose also yields clues as to the spread and localization of many pathological conditions.


Caudate Lobe Great Omentum Hepatoduodenal Ligament Transverse Mesocolon Left Hepatic Lobe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Brink
    • 1
  • Ali Shirkhoda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Diagnostic RadiologyWilliam Beaumont HospitalRoyal OakUSA

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