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Epididymitis and Other Inflammatory Conditions of the Male Excurrent Ductal System

  • Peter T. K. Chan
  • Peter N. Schlegel

Abstract

Physiologically, the endocrinologic interplay between testes and pituitary gland results in the production of spermatozoa. Prior to serving their role in fertilizing oozytes, spermatozoa must exit the testis and pass through a complex excurrent ductal system, which includes the efferent ductules, epididymis and the vas deferens leading to the ejaculatory duct. Pathological conditions in any part of the excurrent ductal system obviously may have significant impact on spermatozoa transport, resulting in subfertility or infertility. In addition to spermatozoa, semen is composed of secretions from a series of glandular organs, including the prostate, seminal vesicles, the bulbourethral (Cowper’s) and periurethral (Littre’s) glands. Collectively these organs are known as the male accessory glands.

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type Spermatic Cord Ejaculatory Duct Testicular Torsion Efferent Ductule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter T. K. Chan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter N. Schlegel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.James Buchanan Brady Foundation, Department of UrologyNew York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Population CouncilCenter for Biomedical ResearchNew YorkUSA

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