The central autonomic network: functional organization, dysfunction, and perspective.

  title={The central autonomic network: functional organization, dysfunction, and perspective.},
  author={Eduardo Elias Benarroch},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  volume={68 10},
The central autonomic network (CAN) is an integral component of an internal regulation system through which the brain controls visceromotor, neuroendocrine, pain, and behavioral responses essential for survival. It includes the insular cortex, amygdala, hypothalamus, periaqueductal gray matter, parabrachial complex, nucleus of the tractus solitarius, and ventrolateral medulla. Inputs to the CAN are multiple, including viscerosensory inputs relayed on the nucleus of the tractus solitarius and… CONTINUE READING
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