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Gynecol Oncol. 1994 Oct;55(1):152-5.

Unusual intramural gastric metastasis of recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Naval Medical Center and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20889.


Epithelial ovarian carcinoma regularly metastasizes to peritoneal surfaces throughout the abdomen and pelvis. Gastrointestinal involvement is usually limited to seromuscular involvement of the small and large bowel and its mesentery. Gastrointestinal invasion is most often superficial, mesentery is shortened, and intestinal lumens are narrowed. Transmural invasion is less common, as is gastrointestinal hemorrhage. We present a case of life-threatening intralumenal gastric hemorrhage from an intramural gastric metastasis of epithelial ovarian carcinoma effectively palliated with a gastric resection. Intralumenal gastric metastasis represents an unusual trophism of recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma. Surgical intervention for life-threatening hemorrhage, while not curative, may provide effective palliation in the otherwise fully functional patient and thereby reducing the need for medical attention and the anxiety assigned to recurrent gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Palliative maneuvers for gastric metastasis may require a multidisciplinary approach.

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