Human epididymis: structural pattern, total length and inner surface area



The organ epididymis is secured the name considering it functioned as an appendix to the testis; earlier testis was called as didymi. Regarding the length of human epididymis, several values are attributed by different authors. The present study was aimed to find out the pattern, total length and inner surface area of human epididymis.

Materials and methods

The study was conducted by employing microsurgical procedures on five testes from unclaimed human dead bodies.


Caput was formed by few tubes interconnecting at three levels. These tubes led to corpus, which in turn was having more number of tubes interconnecting at different levels. Tubules were many looking like a mesh. United tubes of corpus form the single tube to form cauda. Epididymis length was 30.48 cm. Inner surface area was 818.16 mm2.


Reported values of others seem to be a modified version from that of animals. Authors believe that organic revolutionary changes in man led to a reduction in the length of epididymis.

Urologia 2017; 84(4): 215 - 217


Article Subject: Andrology



Kalanghot P. Skandhan, Ashutosh Soni, Anantkumar Joshi, Kalanghot P.S. Avni, Bansi Dhar Gupta

Article History


Financial support: The authors received no financial support for the research.
Conflict of interest: The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

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  • Department of Physiology, Shri M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat - India
  • Department of Plastic Surgery, Shri M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat - India
  • Junagadh Agriculture University, Junagadh, Gujarat - India
  • Department of Radiology, Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences, Kottakkal, Kerala - India
  •  Department of Forensic Medicine, Shri M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat - India

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