The abdominal aorta and its branches (internal spermatic vessels labeled at right)
Vertical section of the testis, to show the arrangement of the ducts (internal spermatic artery labeled vertically at center)
The testicular artery (the male gonadal artery, also called the internal spermatic arteries in older texts) is a branch of the abdominal aorta that supplies blood to the testis. It is a paired artery, with one for each of the testes.
It is the male equivalent of the ovarian artery. Because the testis is found in a different location than that of its female equivalent, it has a different course than the ovarian artery.
Each passes obliquely downward and lateralward behind the peritoneum, resting on the Psoas major, the right lying in front of the inferior vena cava and behind the middle colic and ileocolic arteries and the terminal part of the ileum, the left behind the left colic and sigmoid arteries and the iliac colon.
Each crosses obliquely over the ureter and the lower part of the external iliac artery to reach the abdominal inguinal ring, through which it passes, and accompanies the other constituents of the spermatic cord along the inguinal canal to the scrotum, where it becomes tortuous, and divides into several branches.
Two or three of these accompany the ductus deferens, and supply the epididymis, anastomosing with the artery of the ductus deferens; others pierce the back part of the tunica albuginea, and supply the substance of the testis.
- Testicular+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
- Anatomy photo:36:07-0303 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Layers of the Spermatic Cord"
- inguinalregion at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (spermaticcord)