The appendix epididymidis and aberrant ductules possessed similar morphological characteristics. The epithelium was 31 ± 3 µm in height and consisted primarily of ciliated and nonciliated cells, although a few lymphocytes were also present. The ultrastructure of major cell types showed most cell organelles in their cytoplasm. However, these organelles were poorly developed, suggesting that neither cell type performed either a secretory or an absorptive function. Although the vestigial organs and ductuli efferentes were similar in epithelial height and epithelial cell types, there were important morphological differences that were reliably used to differentiate between the two. First, the luminal diameter was significantly smaller in the vestigial organs (60 ± 12 vs. 146 ± 44 µm in the ductuli efferentes). Second, the nonciliated cells of the vestigial organs, unlike those of the ductuli efferentes, lacked both dense granules and vacuoles in the cytoplasm. Finally, the tubular cross-sections of the vestigial organs were closely packed and were located at the tip of the caput epididymidis in the case of the appendix epididymidis, and between the lobules of the ductuli efferentes in the case of the aberrant ductules.

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