Sensitisation of gastrointestinal tract afferents

McMahon, S. B.
March 2004
Gut;Mar2004 Supplement 2, Vol. 53, pii13
Academic Journal
Sensory innervation of the viscera serves a number of important functions, including regulation of visceral motility and secretory activity, and transmission of visceral sensations, including pain. There are many ways in which the sensitivity of visceral sensory neurones might be modulated, and these are discussed. Altered sensory neurone responsiveness may contribute to pathophysiological states such as irritable bowel syndrome, and the mechanisms leading to sensory neurone sensitisation offer novel targets for the treatment of such disorders.


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