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The importance of the gubernaculum in testicular migration during the human fetal period

Int Braz J Urol. 2014 Nov-Dec;40(6):722-9. doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2014.06.02.

Favorito LA1, Costa SF1, Julio-Junior HR1, Sampaio FJ1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review is to study the role of the gubernaculum in the testicular migration process during the human fetal period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a descriptive review of the literature about the role of the gubernaculum in testicular migration during the human fetal period. RESULTS: In the first phase of testicular migration, the gubernaculum enlarges to hold the testis near the groin and in the second phase the gubernaculum migrates across the pubic region to reach the scrotum. The proximal portion of the gubernaculum is attached to the testis and epididymis and the presence of multiple insertions in the distal gubernaculum is extremely rare. The presence of muscle and nerves in the human gubernaculum is very poor. The gubernaculum of patients with cryptorchidism has more fibrous tissue and less collagen and when the patients are submitted to hormonal treatment, the gubernaculum components alter significantly. CONCLUSIONS: The gubernaculum presents significant structural modifications during testicular migration in human fetuses.

PMID 25615240

Development and Morphogenesis of Testis in Human Fetuses

Journal of The Anatomical Society of India

Subhalakshmi Wahengbam, S. Arunchandra Singh, Ningthoujam Damayanti (2011) p160