n SA Journal of Radiology - Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) - a rare entity : review article

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a rare complication of mucinous tumours of appendiceal or ovarian origin that results in peritoneal and omental implants. Clinical morbidity and mortality arise from the fact that copious amounts of extracellular and peritoneal mucin result in distortion and loss of function of visceral organs. Therapeutic paracentesis is not possible because of the nature of the mucin. Currently, new techniques are being used to attempt to debulk the mucin volume; none, however, has lead to superior outcome.

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