Spermatic Cord : Mnemonics

Spermatic cord enters the inguinal canal through the deep inguinal ring and passes out through the superficial inguinal ring.

3 Coverings

Mnemonic: ICE TIE

Internal spermatic fasciaTransversalis fascia
Cremasteric fasciaInternal oblique
External spermatic fasciaExternal oblique aponeurosis


1. 3 Arteries:

Mnemonic: ABCD

Arteries –

  • Balls (Testicular artery from abdominal aorta)
  • Cremasteric artery (from inferior epigastric artery)
  • Deferential artery to ductus deferens (from inferior vesical artery)

2. 3 Nerves:

Mnemonic: SIGN

  • Sympathetic Nerves (around the deferential artery)
  • Ilioinguinal Nerve (lies outside the spermatic cord)
  • Genital branch of Genitofemoral Nerve (supplies cremaster)

3. 3 Tubes:

  • Ductus deferens
  • Pampiniform plexus (drains into testicular veins)
  • Lymphatics (drains into lumbar and para-aortic nodes)

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