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01.08.2011 | Pictorial Review | Ausgabe 4/2011 Open Access

Insights into Imaging 4/2011

Omental cakes: unusual aetiologies and CT appearances

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Insights into Imaging > Ausgabe 4/2011
Autoren:
Mark Daniel Mamlouk, Eric vanSonnenberg, Sridhar Shankar, Stuart G. Silverman

Abstract

Background

Omental cakes typically are associated with ovarian carcinoma, as this is the most common malignant aetiology. Nonetheless, numerous other neoplasms, as well as infectious and benign processes, can produce omental cakes.

Methods

A broader knowledge of the various causes of omental cakes is valuable diagnostically and to direct appropriate clinical management.

Results

We present a spectrum of both common and unusual aetiologies that demonstrate the variable computed tomographic appearances of omental cakes.

Conclusion

The anatomy and embryology are discussed, as well as the importance of biopsy when the aetiology of omental cakes is uncertain.
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