Thursday, December 22, 2011

Omental cake

Ovarian cancer is difficult to discover because victims tend initially to have vague complaints such as feeling bloated, having urinary and bowel troubles.
Invasion of the peritoneum – a double layered membrane - that lines some of the intra-abdominal and pelvic organs by ovarian cancer cells can occur. Widespread peritoneal infiltration by these cancer cells may be seen for example on ultrasound scan and computed tomography images. In appearance, the infiltrated regions look like a cake – omental cake.
The omentum is part of the peritonuem.
Besides ovarian cancer, other cancers and conditions can cause omental cake.
Wang KY, Lee WJ, Lin HJ. Omental cake. Int J Emerg Med, 2010 ;3(4):477-8 Go to reference

Ovarian cancer, peritoneum (red & blue)

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