Scrotum

The scrotum is a dual-chambered protuberance of skin and muscle that contains the testesepididymides, and spermatic cord. It consists of two chambers separated by a septum  It is an extension of the perineum, and is located between the penis and anus.

The scrotal wall is composed of several layers and normally measures 2-8 mm 1. It is composed of the following structures from superficial to deep 1:

A mnemonic to recall these layers is: 

The tunica albuginea and tunica vaginalis form the visceral and parietal layers around the testes, with minimal fluid in between. Except for a small posterior area, tunica vaginalis surrounds the testes 1.

See also: Testicular and scrotal ultrasound

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Scrotal blood supply is formed by posterior scrotal branches of the perineal artery (from the internal pudendal artery), anterior scrotal branches of the deep external pudendal artery (from the common femoral artery) and the cremasteric artery (from the inferior epigastric artery). 

A series of scrotal veins accompany the arteries.

"Scrotum" is thought to be a variant of the Latin "scortum" (skin/hide, or things made with leather, such as a purse or quiver).


Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 17868
System: Urogenital
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Normal anatomy of scrotum
  • Anatomy of scrotum
  • Anatomy of the scrotum
  • Scrotal anatomy

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