|Nerve: Paravertebral ganglia|
|Abdominal portion of the sympathetic trunk, with the celiac plexus and hypogastric plexus. (Sympathetic trunk labeled at center left.)|
|Scheme showing structure of a typical spinal nerve. 1. Somatic efferent. 2. Somatic afferent. 3,4,5. Sympathetic efferent. 6,7. Sympathetic afferent.|
|Latin||ganglia trunci sympathici|
|Gray's||subject #214 976|
Along the length of the sympathetic trunk are ganglia known as ganglia of sympathetic trunk or paravertebral ganglia. The ganglia are distinguished as cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral and, except in the neck, they closely correspond in number to the vertebrae.
Only the cervical ganglia have specific names. They are arranged thus:
- cervical ganglia - 3 ganglia
- thoracic ganglia - 12 ganglia
- lumbar ganglia - 4 ganglia
- sacral ganglia - 4 or 5 ganglia
- ganglia+of+sympathetic+trunk at eMedicine Dictionary
- Atlas of anatomy at UMich n3a6p1 - "Autonomic Connections of the Spinal Cord"
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