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1

What are the four functional types of nerve fibers?

Sensory afferent, sensory efferent, visceral afferent, visceral efferent. The SA and SE have cell bodies in the dorsal root ganglion

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What is the general mode of ANS action?

regulates visceral functions by a two-neuron chain. Pre-ganglionic cell body and axon in the CNS, synapses with with post-ganglionic cell body in an autonomic ganglion outside the CNS

3

What are the three designations of autonomic ganglia?

1. Sympathetic chain - Also called paravertebral or SANS - Found lateral to the vertebral bodies along entire length of vertebral column. 24-25 pairs all attached in ladder fashion by sympathetic trunk
2. Collateral - also called SANS prevertebral - found ventral to the verebral bodies, often next to major branches of abdominal aorta
3. Terminal - most are PANS, found within the wall of the viscera (only seen by histology)

4

What are the exceptions to dual innervation by SANS and PANS?

Most viscera are dually innervated. However, only SANS innervates most blood vessels, sweat glands, and adrenal medulla

5

What is the thoracolumbar outflow?

The location of the outflow of SANS axons from the CNS. Functions to spend energy stores throughout the body

6

What is the craniosacral outflow?

The location of PANS axons from the CNS. They function to conserve and store energy

7

What part of the ANS innervates most of the upper limb? What is the function?

SANS innervates the cutaneous blood vessels, sweat glands, and arrector pili muscles. Leads to smooth muscle contraction, increasing blood pressure, sweating for heat dissipation, or piloerection "goose bumps" for heat conservation

8

What is the path of the SANS neuron in the upper limb?

Originates in nucleus in spinal cord called intermediolateral column (ILC) gray matter. Sends preganglionic neuron through white communicating ramus (WCR) of anterior root which is myelinated. Synapse occurs in sympathetic chain ganglion (SCG) of sympathetic trunk. Postganglionic axon is unmyelinated and slow moving through the gray communicating ramus (GCR), heads to target

9

What are the thoracic splanchnic nerves?

Preganglionic neuron arises in ILC, moves through WCR but does not synapse at sympathetic chain ganglion. It moves through the posterior thoracic wall and synapses at a prevertebral SANS ganglion (collateral).

10

What are the three divisions of thoracic splanchnic nerves?

Greater (G) - T5-T9
Lesser (L) - T10-11
Least (l) - T12
synapse in collateral ganglia

11

What is the function of the thoracic splanchnic nerves?

After synapsing in collateral ganglia, the postganglionic SANS neurons follow the blood vessels branching from abdominal aorta to the organs, smooth muscle, and gland final targets. They function to decrease GI motility and secretions, and decrease blood supply to the viscera

12

What PANS axons run with CNIII?

Cranial nerve 3 - Oculomotor - PANS preganglionic - innervate eye structures

13

What PANS axons run with CNVII?

Cranial nerve 7 - Facial - PANS preganglionic - control secretion of tears and saliva

14

What PANS axons run with CNIX?

Cranial nerve 9 - glossopharyngeal - PANS preganglionic - control secretion of tears and saliva

15

What PANS axons run with CNX?

Cranial nerve 10 - vagus nerve - PANS preganglionic - control thoracic and abdominal viscera

16

What is the function of the PANS sacral outflow (S2-4)?

Preganglionic axons follow pelvic splanchnic nerves to terminaal ganglion in wall of pelvic viscera. Function to empty contents of lower abdomen and pelvic viscera (defecation and urination (micturition) reflexes)

17

What neurotransmitter is released by SANS and PANS preganglionic neurons?

Both release acetylcholine - Ach

18

What neurotransmitter is released by SANS postganglionic neurons? What are the receptors called?

Norepinephrine - adrenergic receptors. Thus they are called adrenergic nerves

19

What neurotransmitter is released by PANS postganglionic neurons? What are the receptors called?

Acetylcholine. They are muscarinic receptors. PANS postganglionic nerves are called cholinergic!

20

What is the function of propanolol?

Blocks activity of norepinephrine, helps stop tachycardia caused by SANS

21

What is the function of atropine?

Blocks Ach of muscarinic receptors. Relaxes parasympathetic contraction

22

What cells of the adrenal medulla release epinephrine and norepinephrine?

Chromafin cells

23

Where is the SANS innervation of the upper limb supplied by?

T2-T6 spinal levels, the preganglionic axons move through the WCR and ascent the sympathetic trunk before synapsing at the stellate ganglion (cervicothoracic or inferior cervical ganglion). Postganglionic axons meet up with C6-T1 nerve roots of the brachial plexus in ventral rami

24

What is the stellate ganglion?

The cervicothoracic ganglion (CTG). Also called the inferior cervical ganlgion (ICG)

25

What is a stellate ganglion block?

Treatment for Raynaud's disease, where excessive stimulation of SANS nerves may lead to ischemia or gangrene of upper limb. This is due to excessive vasomotor tone by SANS stimulation