Full Title: Vagosympathetic Nerve Trunk
Author: Laura Lane
Date of Publication: June 30, 2015
Research Paper Text:
The deep fascia of the neck (pretracheal fascia) runs ventral to the trachea and runs laterally with an extension of the deep fascia that forms the carotid sheath that is a special loose condensation of fascia in which the common carotid artery, internal jugular vein, tracheal duct and the vagosympathetic trunk are located1.
The sympathetic trunk is a fundamental part of the sympathetic nervous system ( stimulates the body’s flight or fight response). The trunk, originating via the Vagus Nerve runs from T1L2 and affects various parts of the body from pupil dilation and sweat glands to the rapid functions of the lungs, heart, stomach and bladder. A feline diagram below best depicts the areas affected from nerves that radiate from the trunk.
As the vagosympathetic trunk affects a multitude of organs, there a many diseases associated within these pathways from seizures (vagus nerve) to hyperthyroidism and atrial arrhythmias to name a few.
- Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog, Evans de Lahunta, Fourth Edition, pg. 214
- Images 14 Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog, Evans de Lahunta, Fourth Edition pgs 727/725/579/723
- Image 5 Calnet 2001 website http://188.8.131.52/Calnet/ANS/page2.htm