Krukenberg Tumors: Update on Imaging and Clinical Features

Maria Zulfiqar, Jared Koen, Stephanie Nougaret, Candice Bolan, Wendaline Vanburen, Melissa McGettigan, Christine Menias

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this case-based article is to discuss the pathophysiologic findings, common pathways of spread, and imaging features associated with Krukenberg tumors. CONCLUSION. Not all ovarian metastases are Krukenberg tumors. Krukenberg tumors are the most common subtype of ovarian metastases, and they are histologically characterized by signet ring cell mucinous features. Common primary tumor sites include the stomach or colon. Although often difficult, distinguishing between Krukenberg tumors and primary ovarian malignancy on imaging is important because of management and prognostic implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1029
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Krukenberg tumors
  • Ovarian masses
  • Ovarian metastasis


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