is an anastomosing
network of delicate tubules
located in the hilum of the testicle
) that carries sperm
from the seminiferous tubules
to the vasa efferentia
Rete tubular ectasia is a disorder of the rete testis in which many benign cysts are present.
In the area of the rete testis, the sperm are concentrated as fluid is reabsorbed. If this does not occur, the sperm which enter the epididymis are not concentrated, resulting in
In the development of the urinary and reproductive organs
, the testis
is developed in much the same way as the ovary
, originating from mesothelium
as well as mesonephros
. Like the ovary, in its earliest stages it consists of a central mass covered by a surface epithelium. In the central mass, a series of cords appear. These cords run together toward the future hilum
and form a network which ultimately becomes the rete testis.