gubernaculum testis

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gu·ber·nac·u·lum tes·'tis

a mesenchymal column of condensed tissue that connects the fetal testis to the developing primordial scrotum; it becomes a ligament that appears to play a role in guiding testicular descent but it does not pull the testis into the scrotum by its contraction.
Synonym(s): gubernaculum (2)
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1. A fibrous cord connecting two structures.
2. A mesenchymal column of tissue that connects the fetal testis to the developing scrotum; it appears to play a role in guiding testicular descent. The gubernaculum in female embryos attaches to the ovaries and uterus.
Synonym(s): gubernaculum testis [TA] .
[L. a helm, rudder]
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gubernaculum testis

A fibrous cord in the fetus that extends from the caudal end of the testis through the inguinal canal to the scrotal swelling. It is the guiding structure for the descent of the testis into the scrotum.
See also: gubernaculum
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Josso (1977) developed the theory of anatomical anomalies, which includes: abnormal gubernaculum testis, obstruction of the inguinal canal, adherences between the testis and the nearby structures.
This can be explained by the fact that intravaginal torsion is characterized by congenital anatomical abnormalities such as a high attachment of the tunica vaginalis to the spermatic cord and an excessive laxity of gubernaculum testis. These events are named as "bell clapper deformity".
REVIEW OF LITERATURE: The real reason of occurrence of hernia is a patent processus vaginalis and a variable gubernaculum testis with its main insertion into the bottom of future testis, though there may be other insertions.