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March 1964

Descending Autonomic Pathways in the Spinal Cord

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Arch Neurol. 1964;10(3):249-261. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460150019002

The location of visceromotor fibers in the spinal cord has not been definitely established as yet; some authors state that these fibers may accompany the crossed pyramidal tract,14,19 others that they lie in the ventral column near the median sulcus,2 while most believe that they are located in the anterolateral column. Of those who find evidence for the last-named point of view, Foerster5 considers that in man the vasomotor fibers extend from the surface near the dentate insertion in a transverse plane reaching to and bordering the lateral aspect of the ventral horn. Chen and associates found experimental evidence for a superficial disposition of these and other visceromotor fibers in the anterolateral column but commented that they favored Foerster's diagrammatic representation as to their location, while Wang and Ranson stated that these fibers were located in the anterolateral columns without discussing their exact location in this area.

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