Localized Neurogenic Vasoconstriction of the Basilar Artery
Ring segments from the caudal end of the basilar artery of the rabbit contract to electrical stimulation of their intramural nerve supply more than those from adjacent parts of the vertebral and the rostral three-fourths of the basilar arteries. The magnitude of developed neurogenic tension is approximately one-fourth that of the ear artery, a highly reactive muscular artery. The position of this reactive arterial segment suggests its role in the regulation of cerebral blood flow.
- cerebral circulation
- vertebral artery
- adrenergic plexus
- sympathetic innervation
- cerebrovascular tone
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