- 新潟医学会雑誌 (ISSN:00290440)
- vol.117, no.3, pp.114-119, 2003-03
We could not properly understand the mechanisms underlying gastroentestinal failure without introduction of the concept of "Regulation of leukocytes by the autonomic nervous system". leukocyles consiste of granulocytes and lymphocytes and they are regulated by the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system, respectively. Therefore, the number of granulocytes increases by stimulation of sympathetic nerves whereas that of lymphocytes increases by stimulation of parasyrnpathetic nerves. Almost all of these responses are beneficial for our body protection. However, If the autonomic nervous system deviates too much to one direction, our body falls victim to certain diseases, including gastroentestinal failure.