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Other Terms: Funiculus spermaticus, Cordon spermatique
The spermatic cord is the structure that suspends the testicles into the scrotum; it extends from the upper end of the testis to the internal abdominal (abdominal inguinal) ring. Its contents are the spermatic duct, or vas deferens (ductus deferens), the vessels of the vas (ductus) deferens, the spermatic (internal spermatic) artery, spermatic (intemal spermatic) veins, or pampiniform plexus, sympathetic nerves, lymph vessels, the cord-like remains of the processus vaginalis, the remains of the gubernaculums testis (genito-inguinal ligament), fat, and connective tissue. The spermatic cord passes through the inguinal canal to reach the scrotum and is sometimes abnormally followed by an indirect inguinal hernia.