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Parenchymal liver metastasis in advanced ovarian cancer: Can bowel involvement influence the frequency and the related mortality rate?

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      • Parenchymal liver metastasis correlates with bowel involvement in Ovarian cancer.
      • Parenchymal liver metastasis amount relates to the depth of bowel involvement.
      • A reduction in OS is seen when muscular layer and deeper layers are involved.



      This retrospective study estimates the frequency of parenchymal liver metastasis (PLM) and the overall survival (OS) rate of patients with FIGO Stage IIIC-IV Advanced Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) with bowel involvement.

      Study design

      Between November 2008 and July 2020, all consecutive patients with FIGO Stage IIIC-IV EOC who underwent Visceral Peritoneal Debulking and bowel resection(s) at the Gynaecological Oncology Unit of “Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO)”, Aviano, Italy, without evidence of PLM at pre-operative imaging assessment, were included in the study. The presence and the time of the onset of PLM during the follow-up period were detected by diagnostic imaging (CT-scan, Ultrasound and PET). The OS of patients with and without PLM was compared. Considering the bowel’s layers, the association between depth of bowel involvement, number of PLM, and the relative OS rate was evaluated.


      The median follow-up period was 47.3 (12–138) months. PLM occurred in 24/72 (33.0%) cases; the average onset time of PLM was 13 months. PLM was associated with increased significant mortality risk and an average OS of 33.2 versus 56.8 months (p < 0.001). The risk of developing PLM correlated directly with the depth of bowel involvement. However, there was no statistical difference between the layers in terms of OS at the end of the observational period.


      PLM occurred more frequently among patients with EOC and bowel involvement. The PLM arose within 15 months of follow-up and the frequency increased according to the depth of involvement. Particularly, the difference is remarkably higher starting from muscular layer where the total number of PLM arose significantly (p = 0.02). Although there was no significant difference among the infiltrated bowel layers in terms of OS, patients with bowel involvement up to muscular had a dramatic reduction in the OS rate during the first 30 months of follow-up.


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