Summary of Enteric nervous system and slow waves
Enteric nervous system
The gastrointestinal tract is mostly regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which is divided into an extrinsic and an intrinsic component. The extrinsic component is composed of the sympathetic and the parasympathetic systems which either innervates directly smooth muscle, endocrine, or secretory cells, or synapses on the intrinsic component, the enteric nervous system, which is contained in the submucosal and myenteric plexuses. While the extrinsic nervous system can modulate the activities of the gastrointestinal tract, the intrinsic system by itself can direct all its functions even in the absence of the extrinsic system.
Flashcards on Enteric nervous system and slow waves
Enteric nervous system and slow waves
The intrinsic or enteric nervous system (can/can not) direct the functions of the gastrointestinal tract in the absence of the extrinsic nervous system.