European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 22 - Number 4
Eur J Anat, 22 (4): 367-369 (2018)

Uncommon drainage of the left testicular vein: a case report

Gustavo Vieira de Oliveira, Luiz A. Diniz do Nascimento, Mônica Volino-Souza, Rafael Vargas, Camila Gomes de Souza, Lucas Piraciaba Cassiano Dias

Department of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Macaé, RJ, Brazil

ABSTRACT An uncommon drainage of the left testicular vein (LTV) was observed during a routine cadaver dissection, where a lateral division of the LTV was found to drain into an abdominal (anterior) tributary of the second lumbar vein. Adequate knowledge of the LTV anatomical variation presents clinical importance in renal transplantation, renal and testicular vein surgeries, testicular color Doppler imaging, testicular venography, and others retroperitoneal therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Therefore, surgeons, especially those who work in the retroperitoneal space, must be aware of left testicular vein abnormalities, which may be encountered during surgery.


European Journal of anatomy
ISSN 2340-311X (Online)