European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 19 - Number 1
Eur J Anat, 19 (1): 85-86 (2015)

A retrocaval right testicular artery with an arching left testicular artery

Jing Li

Department of Anatomy, Academy of Basic Medicine, Jining Medical University, Jining, Shandong, China

ABSTRACT Bilateral variations of the testicular arteries were found during the dissection of a 36-year-old Chinese male cadaver. The right testicular artery originated from the antero-lateral aspect of the abdominal aorta at the same level of the right renal artery. After a short course behind the inferior vena cava, it continued on its normal route distally with the right testicular vein. The left testicular artery arose from the abdominal aorta almost at the same level as the left renal artery, arching over the left renal vein to descend in front of it. Awareness of such variations of testicular arteries and their unusual origin and course could contribute to higher success of surgical procedures.

Keywords: Testicular artery, Retrocaval course, Arching, Origin

European Journal of anatomy
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