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Urogenital Nerves & Blood Vessels

This diagram is more than most want to know but it does show how many nerves and blood vessels are involved in any treatment of prostate cancer. Use the glossary below. For simpler drawings, click here. This illustration was optimized to speed access, which reduces quality.

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Short Glossary:

Anterior: at or towards the front of the body. Compare to posterior, dorsal.
Arteriole: a small branch off an artery. See blood vessel.
Autonomic: a nerve that operates automatically.
Corpus cavernosum: spongey tissue that fills with blood, to produce erections.
Corpus spongiosum: similar to the corpus cavernosum.
Cremasteric: pertains to a small muscle attached to the testicle.
Deferential: pertains to a duct that connects the epididymis, that transports sperm.
Diaphragm: a separating structure. In this case, part of the pelvic floor.
Dorsal: at or near the back or upper part. Compare to anterior, posterior.
Inferior: in this case, situated below. Compare to superior.
Median: in this case, situated in the middle.
Nerve plexus: a network of nerves.
Perineal: pertaining to the perineum, the space between scrotum and anus.
Posterior: at or towards the back of the body.
Prostatic: pertaining to the prostate gland.
Scrotal: pertaining to the scrotum, which holds the testicles.
Spermatic: pertaining to sperm.
Subcutaneous: usually means below the skin.
Superior: in this case, situated above. Compare to inferior.
Testicular: pertaining to the testicle.
Urogenital pertaining to the urinary and genital organs and/or their functions.
Venule: small branch off a vein. See blood vessel.
Venous plexus: a network of veins or venules.
Vesical: pertaining to the bladder.


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