The hypogastric nerve pathway to penile erectile tissue: histochemical evidence supporting a vasodilator role.

Retrograde dye staining, combined with histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques, were used to characterize penile neurons in the major pelvic ganglion of the rat. Of the penile neurons 92% were immunoreactive for vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, while 95% of penile neurons stained intensely for acetylcholinesterase. None of the neurons were… (More)