Recent insights into the pathophysiology of omental metastases.

  title={Recent insights into the pathophysiology of omental metastases.},
  author={Manuel J. Koppe and Iris Nagtegaal and Johannes H. W. de Wilt and Wim P Ceelen},
  journal={Journal of surgical oncology},
  volume={110 6},
Although, useful in inflammatory conditions, the greater omentum represents an important site of metastasis in peritoneal carcinomatosis and is therefore frequently removed as a staging or therapeutic tool. Apart from the milky spots, omental adipose stem cells, and adipocytes have recently been identified to play a role in the preferential homing of tumor cells to the omentum. The extent of omentectomy and whether a routine omentectomy should be done are still known unknowns. 


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