Elastic fibers in tunica propria of undescended and contralateral scrotal testes from cryptorchid patients.Urology 1987; 30(4):359-63U
Elastic fibers in the tunica propria of the testes from cryptorchid patients and normal fertile adults were examined by light (Weigert resorcin-fuchsin stain) and electron microscopic techniques. In the testes from normal fertile adults, elastic fibers were proved to exist in the tunica propria by light and electron microscopy, and were located in the fibrous and cellular layers of the tunica propria. In the undescended testes from the cryptorchid patients, during prepubertal and pubertal periods, elastic fibers could not be visualized in the tunica propria, but were found after puberty. The positive Weigert reaction of the tunica propria in the undescended testes from postpubertal cryptorchid patients, however, was markedly weaker than that in normal control patients, suggesting diminution of elastic fibers. This diminution of elastic fibers in the undescended testes from postpubertal cryptorchid patients was also substantiated by electron microscopy. However, in the contralateral scrotal testes, elastic fibers appeared during puberty and were observed after puberty in the same manner as in normal testes. Thus, the present study suggested retarded appearance of elastic fibers in puberty and impaired development of those fibers after puberty, in the undescended testes of cryptorchid patients.