A spermatocele is a cystic structure found at the rete testis or head of the epididymis. It contains a milky fluid with spermatozoa. A Hydrocele is a fluid filled sac surrounding the testicle. It sometimes occurs as a result of trauma to the scrotum. Both structures usually present with discomfort.
- Weigh (if intact) and measure the specimen.
- If the specimen is intact, describe the fluid inside the structure- is it cloudy? milky? clear? purulent? watery?
- Describe the lining of the specimen- is it smooth? wrinkled? thickened? have papillations?
Sections for Histology
- 1 cassette of the tissue.
- Sample anything that looks like a papillation or is thickened or otherwise abnormal (using extra cassettes if necessary).
Labeled " Spermatocele " received in formalin in a medium container is a 35 gm. unilocular cystic structure, 15 x 12 x 3 cm. Upon opening, the cyst is filled with a milky serous fluid. The lining is pink-grey and smooth without papillations. The wall is 0.1 cm. thick.
1 A spermatocele 4 ss.
Modified February 2009