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The human testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus - where is the connection?

Adam Skowroński, Kazimierz Jędrzejewski
Folia Morphol 2003;62(3):201-204.

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Vol 62, No 3 (2003)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2003-06-09
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The aim of the study was the microscopic evaluation of the human spermatic cord vessels, with special attention to the connection between the testicular artery and the veins of the pampiniform plexus. We used the corrosive cast method to visualise the angioarchitecture of the spermatic cord. Casts were evaluated using a scanning electron microscope. We observed that there is a narrow space (previously filled with the testicular artery wall), between the casts of the testicular artery and the veins of the pampiniform plexus. This area contains a capillary vessel net, which connects the testicular artery with the veins of the pampiniform plexus. There were no direct anastomoses between the testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus. We hypothesise that the capillary net described is the means of connection between the testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus, and that there can be a testicular artery net of its own vessels (vasa vasorum).

Abstract

The aim of the study was the microscopic evaluation of the human spermatic cord vessels, with special attention to the connection between the testicular artery and the veins of the pampiniform plexus. We used the corrosive cast method to visualise the angioarchitecture of the spermatic cord. Casts were evaluated using a scanning electron microscope. We observed that there is a narrow space (previously filled with the testicular artery wall), between the casts of the testicular artery and the veins of the pampiniform plexus. This area contains a capillary vessel net, which connects the testicular artery with the veins of the pampiniform plexus. There were no direct anastomoses between the testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus. We hypothesise that the capillary net described is the means of connection between the testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus, and that there can be a testicular artery net of its own vessels (vasa vasorum).
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Keywords

testicular artery; pampiniform plexus; anastomoses; spermatic cord

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Title

The human testicular artery and the pampiniform plexus - where is the connection?

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 62, No 3 (2003)

Pages

201-204

Published online

2003-06-09

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2003;62(3):201-204.

Keywords

testicular artery
pampiniform plexus
anastomoses
spermatic cord

Authors

Adam Skowroński
Kazimierz Jędrzejewski

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