Journal article

THE CONDUCTION-VELOCITY OF THE DESCENDING SPINAL PATHWAY TO THE RENAL SYMPATHETIC-NERVE IN THE CAT

RM MCALLEN, CN MAY

JOURNAL OF THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1990

Abstract

The conduction velocity of the descending spinal excitatory pathway to the renal sympathetic nerve was measured in five chloralose-anaesthetised, spinal cats (C1 transection). Electrical stimuli were delivered to the dorsolateral funiculus at three levels between segments C3 and T6, and responses recorded from the ipsilateral renal nerve. Spinal conduction velocity was calculated as 4.4 +/- 0.4 m/s (mean +/- SEM), from the latency difference of renal nerve volleys to stimulation at different cord levels. A contralateral pathway to the renal nerve was identified: this also ran in the dorsolateral funiculus, and crossed below segment T5. It conducted at 4.1 and 7.9 m/s (two cats). Renal pregan..

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