ORIGIN: Abdominal aorta.

COURSE/DISTRIBUTION: Arises from front of the aorta just below the origin of the renal artery and passes downwards in a long journey to the pelvis. It passes behind the peritoneum lying on the right psoas major and in front of the inferior vena cava and behind the distal part of duodenum, right colic artery, ileocolic artery, distal part of ileum and the root of mesentery. It then passes in front of the right genitofemoral nerve, ureter and lower part of external iliac artery to reach the right deep inguinal ring and enter the spermatic cord in the male and run in the inguinal canal. It then descends in the male to reach the scrotum after emerging from the superficial inguinal ring. It reaches the posterior aspect and superior end of testis, where it divides into two terminal branches, which run on the medial and lateral surfaces of the testis and pierce the tunica albuginea to enter the testicular substance and supply it.


  • Ureteric branch
  • Branches to fat around kidney
  • Cremasteric branches


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DIGITAL LOCATOR OF MALE PELVIS: Layer 1 Skin of pelvis- anterior abdominal wall and perineum). Layer 2- Superficial aspect of pelvis.  Layer 3 - intermediate dissection of male pelvis. Layer  4 - deep dissection of male pelvisCommon iliac vessel is located at layer 4 of pelvis. Rollover mouse to label; click to display age. Click blinking end page to display common iliac artery page Roll over mouse to unlabel. Layer  4 of male pelvis




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