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What is the main nerve of the parasympathetic pathway concerning viscera?

Vagus nerve.


Describe the lengths of pre and post ganglionic neurons in sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves.

Sympathetic: Short pre-ganglionic neurons, long post-ganglionic neurons.Parasympathetic: Long pre-ganglionic neurons, short post-ganglionic neurons.(Yes, it's spelt neurons and not neurones. It's ok, I know it's hard for yankees to understand. They are a pretty dumb population after all).


What are splachnic nerves, and how do they function?

They are nerves that run through the sympathetic trunk, but do not synapse there. Instead they do so further on, to get to the viscera in the abdomen and pelvis.


What are grey communicantes?

Non-myelinated, post-ganglionic neurons.They are more proximal than white communicantes.


What are white communicantes?

Mylinated, pre-ganglionic neurons to the sympathetic trunk.They are more distal than grey communicantes.


What are visceral afferent neurons?

They act as sensory neurons to the viscera when they are damaged or distended.They follow the same pathway as the sympathetic pathway to the viscera. It can also follow the parasympathetic pathway (ie. vagus nerve).Plays a key role in referred pain.


What is referred pain, and why is it believed to occur?

When pain in one area is felt elsewhere, such as damaged appendix felt on overlying skin.Due to convergence of two inputs to the same neuron at a given spinal segment (likely by visceral afferents).The brain cannot differentiate between the two signals, and assumes pain at the associated dermatome.


Which ribs are true ribs? What is characteristic of them?

Ribs 1-7.They attach directly to the sternum via costal cartilage.


Which ribs are false ribs? What is characteristic of them?

Ribs 8-10.They attach only to the costal cartilage, but not to the sternum.


Which ribs are floating ribs? What is characteristic of them?

Ribs 11 & 12.They have no anterior attachment (neither to the sternum nor to other ribs).


Which ribs are atypical?

Ribs 1, 2, 10, 11 & 12.Each have different markings.


What is characteristic of typical ribs?

They are curved and flat.


Describe the articulation of ribs with vertebra.

Rib x will articulate with vertebra x inferiorly, and vertebra x-1 superiorly, via demifacets. Called the costovertebral joint.Rib x also articulates with vertebra x transverse process.Called costotransverse joint.


What direction does the external intercostal muscle orient?

Anteroinferiorly, also known as the hands in pockets muscle.


What happens to the external intercostal muscle medioanteriorly?

It becomes fibrous, continuing as a membrane.


What is the action of external intercostal muscles?

It acts to elevate the ribs.


What direction does the internal intercostal muscle orient?

Perpendicular to the external intercostal muscles.


What is the action of internal intercostal muscles? Why is their action atypical?

Posteriorly, they depress the ribs. Anteriorly, they elevate the ribs.This is due to the curvature of the ribs, and how they orient.


What is the positioning of the neurovascular bundle within the costal groove inside ribs?

Most superior-Intercostal veinIntercostal arteryIntercostal nerve-Most inferior


How does the intercostal nerve relate to the ventral ramus? How does this relate to dermatomes?

A given intercostal nerve is an extension of the ventral ramus of its spinal segment. In this way, it lays the foundation for dermatomes.


Name the associated dermatome landmarks of T4 and T10, as well as a way to remember them.

Landmarks:T4-nipple levelT10-umbilicus levelRemembering them:T4 - T4 titsT10 - draw a dot in the 0 of T10, representing a stomach with a belly button


Describe the pathway of the Intercostal artery beginning with its branch off the descending aorta. Include branches/anastamoses.

Begins as the Intercostal artery when it branches off the descending aorta. Travels posteriorly, branching into the dorsal branch of the intercostal artery (supplies dorsal vertebra), and the posterior intercostal artery, which enters the costal groove. The internal thoracic (also internal mammary) artery runs through the sternum and gives off anterior intercostal arteries, which anastamose with posterior intercostal arteries.
The internal thoracic/mammary artery has a perforating cutaneous branch that supplies much of the subcutaneous thoracic wall.
Clinical relevance. The internal thoracic/mammary artery can be harvested for a coronary bypass surgery as the perforating cutaneous branch supplies most of the area provided by the anterior intercostal artery.


Name the three intercostal muscle layers.

Innermost internal intercostal muscleInternal intercostal muscleExternal intercostal muscle