Distribution of lumbar and sacral afferent axons in submucosa of cat urinary bladder

Etsuro Uemura, Thomas F Fletcher, William E. Bradley

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Abstract

Lumbar and sacral afferent axons in the submucosa of the urinary bladder were recognized by degeneration in seven cats subjected to spinal ganglionectomies. Of 2,935 observed terminating axon profiles, 145 were found degenerating. Lumbar afferent axons were 3.7 times more numerous than sacral afferent axons in the submucosa, a reversal of the ratio reported for the muscle coat of the bladder. Sacral afferent axons were evenly distributed to different regions of the bladder, but lumbar afferents were concentrated in the bladder neck. Apparent endings in the submucosa of the urinary bladder were principally free nerve endings. Synaptic vesicles were found in 57% of observed terminating axon profiles. The bladder neck had more terminating axon profiles of all kinds than other regions of the urinary bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-587
Number of pages9
JournalThe Anatomical Record
Volume183
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1975

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