Spermatic cord

The spermatic cord is the tubular structure that suspends the testes and epididymis

Course

The spermatic cord starts at the deep inguinal ring, passes through the inguinal canal and exits at the superficial inguinal ring into the scrotum 3.

Contents

A useful mnemonic to remember the contents of the spermatic cord can be found here.

Coverings

The fascial layers of the anterior abdominal wall all contribute to the coverings of the spermatic cord, explained by the descent of the testes 'draggin' the layers of the anterior abdominal wall into the scrotum. Thus there are three layers of the spermatic cord (from outermost to innermost):

Relations

The ilioinguinal nerve runs anterior to the spermatic cord. In the scrotum, the spermatic cord terminates at the posteromedial border of the testis 1, 2.

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
Share article

Article Information

rID: 17881
System: Urogenital
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Spermatic cords

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Updating… Please wait.
Loadinganimation

Alert accept

Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.