Esophageal plexus

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Nerve: Esophageal plexus
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The tracheobronchial lymph glands. (Esophageal plexus visible at bottom center.)
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Course and distribution of the glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves.
Latin plexus oesophageus
Gray's subject #205 913
From vagus nerve and sympathetic trunk
To esophagus(same fibers make up the cardiac plexus
Dorlands
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]



The esophageal plexus is formed by fibers from two sources: 1.branches of the vagus nerve 2.visceral branches of the sympathetic trunk. The esophageal plexus and the cardiac plexus contain the same types of fibers and are both considered thoracic autonomic plexus(es).

Vagus fibers

1. The Vagus nerve delivers two fiber types to the esophageal plexus:

"Note": These vagal fibers in the esophageal plexus reform to make the anterior vagal trunk (left vagus) and the posterior vagal trunk (right vagus). Anterior and posterior being terms in relation to the esophagus

Autonomic fibers

2. The visceral branches of the sympathetic trunk also deliver two fiber types to the esophageal plexus

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