Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Autonomic Functions

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_337

Definition

Nervous regulation of the homeostasis of blood pressure, cardiac rhythm, blood circulation, blood fluid balance, respiration, pupil diameter, visceral motility, exocrine and neuroendocrine secretions, energy metabolism and internal temperature. This is achieved by a constant interaction between the central and peripheral nervous systems.

 Hypothalamus and Nociceptive Pathways

 Pain Processing in the Cingulate Cortex, Behavioral Studies in Humans

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