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What are extrinsic autonomic nerves?

The extrinsic nervous system is the nervous system that is external to the bowel and it consists of autonomic, sensory and motor nerves. In this step we focus on the autonomic nervous system.

What is intrinsic and extrinsic innervation?

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is innervated by intrinsic enteric neurons and by extrinsic efferent and afferent nerves. Axons arising from the ENS and from extrinsic neurons innervate most layers of the gut wall and regulate many gut functions.

What are 4 nerves within the autonomic nervous system?

Cervical cardiac nerves and thoracic visceral nerves, which synapse in the sympathetic chain. Thoracic splanchnic nerves (greater, lesser, least), which synapse in the prevertebral ganglia. Lumbar splanchnic nerves, which synapse in the prevertebral ganglia.

What is the anatomy of the autonomic nervous system?

The autonomic nervous system is a component of the peripheral nervous system that regulates involuntary physiologic processes including heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, digestion, and sexual arousal. It contains three anatomically distinct divisions: sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric.

What are the extrinsic nerves to the heart?

The extrinsic supply is from parasympathetic (from the vagus nerve) and sympathetic nerves from both the superficial and deep cardiac plexuses, which provide post-ganglionic fibers to the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodes, as well as other parts of the cardiac conduction system.

What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic nerves?

The intrinsic component is the enteric nervous system and the extrinsic component is the sympathetic and parasympathetic innervation which come from the central nervous system. The enteric nervous system can function independently to control digestive activities, which is why it’s sometimes called the second brain.

Are spinal nerves sympathetic or parasympathetic?

The parasympathetic nervous system consists of nerves originating either from the brain or sacral region of the spinal cord (right side of Figure 1) that project to ganglia usually located either near or in end organs.

What are the extrinsic nerves to the heart and what are their main functions?

What is the role of the extrinsic nerve plexus?

Axons arising from the ENS and from extrinsic neurons innervate most layers of the gut wall and regulate many gut functions. After gut colonization by vagal NCCs, the extrinsic nerve fibers reach the GI tract, and Schwann cell precursors (SCPs) enter the gut along the extrinsic nerves.

How are intrinsic and extrinsic nerves related to autonomic innervation?

Autonomic innervations both intrinsic and extrinsic to the GI tract regulate its functional responses. Input from these systems is further modulated by the central nervous system (CNS). Extrinsic nerves are distributed through both parasympathetic and sympathetic autonomic pathways.

Is the extrinsic part of the central nervous system?

The extrinsic section consists of nerves traveling from the central nervous system to the surface of the heart. The intrinsic nervous system, which lies entirely within the pericardium, consists of an interconnected network of nerves covering the heart surface.

How is denervation of the extrinsic sympathetic nervous system accomplished?

Cardiac sympathetic denervation is typically accomplished through surgical resection or pharmacologic infiltration of the extrinsic sympathetic chain.

How is the autonomic innervation of the skeleton documented?

Autonomic innervation of the skeleton is documented at the gross anatomical and histological levels with both long and flat bones being innervated with myelinated sensory and unmyelinated sympathetic nerve fibers [1–3].