Somatosympathetic reflexes from the low back in the anesthetized cat.

  title={Somatosympathetic reflexes from the low back in the anesthetized cat.},
  author={Yoon Mi Kang and Michael J. Kenney and Kevin F. Spratt and Joel G. Pickar},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  volume={90 4},
In the appendicular skeleton, substantial evidence demonstrates that somatosensory input from deep tissues including limb muscles and joints elicits somatosympathetic reflexes. Much less is known about the presence and organization of these reflexes from the axial skeleton. We determined if mechanical loading of the lumbar spine and lumbar paraspinal muscle irritation reflexively affects postganglionic sympathetic nerve discharge (SND) to the spleen and kidney. In 27 alpha-chloralose… CONTINUE READING