Anatomy Journal of Africa

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Testicular artery arising from an aberrant right renal artery

H.E. Suluba, E Otieno


Testicular arteries usually arise from the abdominal Aorta; however they may rarely arise from other arteries of posterior abdominal wall. Variations of the testicular arteries and renal vessels are common. Awareness of these variations is very important to surgeons to increase their surgical precision and therefore avoiding iatrogenic injuries as well as useful in diagnostic procedures. This case report we discovered the rare variation of the origin of the right testicular artery arising from the right aberrant renal artery with double renal artery irrigating both left and right kidneys. These variations in the testicular arteries and renal arteries have implication to surgical procedures such as orchidopexy repair for undescended testis, renal transplantation and nephrectomy. Thus with the introduction of novel surgical and invasive diagnostic procedures understanding of these rare variations becomes significantly important. Currently these procedures are of increasing in our settings as such the information on variations is of prime importance.

Keywords: Testicular artery; renal artery, variation, abdominal aorta

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