The nucleus of the solitary tract: an integrating station for nociceptive and cardiorespiratory afferents.

Painful stimuli can evoke dramatic responses in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. We have assessed the role of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in mediating the reflex tachycardia that accompanies somatic nociception. We describe a major role for the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS) as a site for integrating nociceptive and… CONTINUE READING