Celiac ganglion

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Celiac Ganglion

The celiac ganglion is a complex network of nerve fibers and associated ganglion cells located in the upper abdomen. It is one of the largest ganglia in the autonomic nervous system, and it plays a crucial role in the regulation of many bodily functions.

Anatomy[edit | edit source]

The celiac ganglion is typically composed of two large, irregularly shaped masses of nerve tissue. These are located on either side of the midline of the body, near the celiac artery. Each ganglion is connected to the other by a series of smaller nerve fibers, forming a network that extends across the upper abdomen.

Function[edit | edit source]

The celiac ganglion is part of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's 'fight or flight' response to stress. It sends signals to various organs in the abdomen, including the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, and intestines. These signals help to regulate a variety of functions, including digestion, blood flow, and the production of certain hormones.

Clinical Significance[edit | edit source]

Due to its role in regulating many bodily functions, the celiac ganglion can be involved in a variety of medical conditions. For example, damage to the celiac ganglion can lead to problems with digestion, blood flow, and hormone production. In some cases, surgical procedures may be performed on the celiac ganglion to treat certain conditions, such as chronic abdominal pain.

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