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Functional Neuroanatomy of Autonomic Nervous System 

Functional Neuroanatomy of Autonomic Nervous System
Functional Neuroanatomy of Autonomic Nervous System

Peter Novak

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date: 25 November 2020

A basic understanding of the functional and physiological structure of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is essential in interpreting test results. This chapter summarizes the functional anatomy of the ANS. The ANS has been divided into the central autonomic system (CAN), also called preganglionic system, and the peripheral (or postganglionic system), which includes the parasympathetic system, sympathetic system, and enteric system. The anatomy and functions of the ANS and its various divisions are explained. Also described is the anatomy and functions of the baroreceptor reflex (BR), which is important in controlling the heart rate and blood pressure.

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