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Anatomy of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System

  • Colin Phillips
  • Katherine OwerEmail author


The autonomic nervous system is composed of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. This system is immensely important in the general function and homeostasis of the body. However, it also plays a role in the generation and maintenance of pain. There is well documented involvement in syndromes such as complex regional pain syndrome. In this chapter we describe the anatomy of both systems as well as descriptions of common targets in chronic pain management.


Autonomic Sympathetic Parasympathetic Ganglion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative MedicineWestern UniversityLondonCanada

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