Journal article

TYPES OF NERVES IN THE ENTERIC NERVOUS-SYSTEM

JB FURNESS, M COSTA

NEUROSCIENCE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1980

Abstract

The enteric nervous system is one of the three divisions of the autonomic nervous system, the others being the sympathetic and parasympathetic. In contrast to the other divisions, it can perform many functions independently of the central nervous system. It consists of ganglionated plexuses, their connections with each other, and nerve fibres which arise from the plexuses and supply the muscle, blood vessels and mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract. The enteric nervous system contains a large number of neurons, approximately 107 to 108. About ten or more distinct types of enteric neurons have been distinguished on electrical, pharmacological, histochemical, biochemical and ultrastructural gr..

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