Autonomic neural control of the airways

Stuart B. Mazzone, Brendan J. Canning

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The airways and lungs are innervated by both sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. Cholinergic parasympathetic innervation is well conserved in the airways while the distribution of noncholinergic parasympathetic and adrenergic sympathetic nerves varies considerably amongst species. Autonomic nerve function is regulated primarily through reflexes initiated upon bronchopulmonary vagal afferent nerves. Central regulation of autonomic tone is poorly described but some key elements have been defined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752


  • Noncholinergic
  • Nucleus Ambiguus
  • Parasympathetic
  • Sympathetic
  • Vagal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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