Testis and epididymis
Spermatic cord

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 9 June 2017, last major update March 2012

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Definition / general
  • Vas deferens:
    • Also called ductus deferens
    • 30 - 40 cm long tubular structure from tail of epididymis to prostatic urethra at level of verumontanum; distal vas deferens joins seminal vesicle to form ejaculatory duct
    • Rarely present within hernia sacs (Am J Surg Pathol 1999;23:880)
    • Should see complete transection in vasectomy specimens
    • References: Am J Surg Pathol 2003;27:469
Diagrams / tables

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Fundus of bladder

Spermatic cord

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Ciliated, pseudostratified epithelium with prominent nuclear inclusions resting on basal cell layer
  • Markedly thickened muscle coat of 3 layers (inner longitudinal, outer longitudinal, middle circular layer)
  • May contain psammoma bodies
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Various images

Vas deferens

Psammoma bodies

Positive stains