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Morphological features of natural cryptorchid sheep testes: a case study


Yagoub Mohamed, Abdel Hafeez and Abu Bakar @ Zakaria, Md Zuki and Mohamad Yusof, Loqman (2004) Morphological features of natural cryptorchid sheep testes: a case study. In: 11th International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and 16th Veterinary Association Malaysia Congress, 23-27 Aug. 2004, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (pp. 395-396).


The present study compares the morphological features of abdominal testes of natural bilateral cryptorchid adult sheep with that of scrotal testes in normal adult sheep. Specimens obtained from cryptorchid local sheep testes and epididymides were fixed and processed for light and scanning electron microscopy. Testes of normal sheep were fixed and processed in the same way and used for comparison. The retained testes that were detected in the pelvic cavity were small and flabby with indistinct superficial blood vessel ramification compared to the scrotal testes. Histologically, the seminiferous tubules of the retained testes were small, empty, lined with a single layer of degenerated cells resting on a thickened basement membrane surrounded with abundant interstitial tissue compared to the scrotal testis. The epididymis of the retained testes was empty and lined with high pseudostratified columnar epithelium with long streocillia, while the scrotal testis epididymis was distended with stored sperms and lined with low epithelial layer with indistinct streocillia. The connective tissue layers around the epididymis were very thick in retained testes compared to that of the scrotal testes. The outcome of this study demonstrates microscopic and macroscopic changes in cryptorchid testes. Further investigations are required regarding the ultrastructural changes in abdominal testis.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Cryptorchidism; Sheep; Scoral testes; Seminiferous tubule
Depositing User: kmportal
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 07:27
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2018 01:35
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/17958
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