Primary and secondary disease of the peritoneum and mesentery: review of anatomy and imaging features

Ashish P. Wasnik, Katherine E. Maturen, Ravi K. Kaza, Mahmoud M. Al-Hawary, Isaac R. Francis

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Abstract

The largest and most complex serosal membrane in the body, the peritoneum, lines the abdominal cavity, and the abdominopelvic viscera. It is frequently involved in a variety of benign and malignant processes. While secondary involvement of the peritoneum is more common, primary tumors can be a diagnostic challenge. Knowledge of the anatomy is crucial in understanding the various pathologic processes. Cross-sectional imaging plays an important role in diagnosing and evaluating the extent of the disease processes. This article reviews the imaging anatomy of the peritoneum and mesentery and the common pathologies involving it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-642
Number of pages17
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Mesentery
  • Omentum
  • Peritoneum
  • Tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology

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