Genitourinary system

Genitourinary system

Genitourinary system
Some components of the male genitourinary system
Latin Apparatus urogenitalis, systema urogenitale
Anatomical terminology

In their common embryological origin and the use of common pathways, like the male urethra. Also, because of their proximity, the systems are sometimes imaged together.[2]

The term "apparatus urogenitalis" is used in Nomina Anatomica (under Splanchnologia), but not in Terminologia Anatomica.


  • Development 1
  • Disorders 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The urinary and reproductive organs are developed from the gonad is developed in their place, with which the Wolffian duct remains as the duct in males, and the Müllerian as that of the female. Some of the tubules of the mesonephros form part of the permanent kidney.


Disorders of the genitourinary system includes a range of disorders from those that are asymptomatic to those that manifest an array of signs and symptoms. Causes for these disorders include congenital anomalies, infectious diseases, trauma, or conditions that secondarily involve the urinary structure.

To gain access to the body, pathogens can penetrate mucous membranes lining the genitourinary tract.

Urogenital malformations include:

As a medical specialty, genitourinary pathology is the subspecialty of surgical pathology which deals with the diagnosis and characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the urinary tract, male genital tract, and testes. However, medical disorders of the kidneys are generally within the expertise of renal pathologists. Genitourinary pathologists generally work closely with urologic surgeons.

See also


  1. ^ "genitourinary system" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ "UC Davis Department of Radiology - Genitourinary Radiology". Retrieved 2010-03-16. 

External links

  • Male urogenital development 3D animation on YouTube
  • Female urogenital development 3D animation on YouTube