The Info List - Solar Plexus

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The celiac plexus or coeliac plexus, also known as the solar plexus because of its radiating nerve fibers,[1] is a complex network of nerves (a nerve plexus) located in the abdomen, near where the celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery, and renal arteries branch from the abdominal aorta. It is behind the stomach and the omental bursa, and in front of the crura of the diaphragm, on the level of the first lumbar vertebra. The plexus is formed in part by the greater and lesser splanchnic nerves of both sides, and fibers from the anterior and posterior vagal trunks. The celiac plexus proper consists of the celiac ganglia with a network of interconnecting fibers. The aorticorenal ganglia are often considered to be part of the celiac ganglia, and thus, part of the plexus.


1 Structure 2 Clinical significance 3 See also 4 References 5 External links


Approximate location of the celiac plexus on the coronal plane

The celiac plexus includes a number of smaller plexi:

Hepatic plexus Splenic plexus Gastric plexus Pancreatic plexus Suprarenal plexus

Other plexuses that are derived from the celiac plexus:

Renal plexus Testicular plexus
Testicular plexus
/ ovarian plexus Superior mesenteric plexus

Clinical significance[edit]

Lower half of right sympathetic cord

The celiac plexus is often popularly referred to as the solar plexus, generally in the context of a blow to the stomach. In many of these cases, it is not the celiac plexus itself being referred to, but rather the region where it is located. A blow to the stomach can upset this region. This can cause the diaphragm to spasm, resulting in difficulty in breathing—a sensation commonly known as "getting the wind knocked out of you". A blow to this region can also affect the celiac plexus itself, possibly interfering with the functioning of the viscera, as well as causing great pain. A celiac plexus block by means of fluoroscopically guided injection is sometimes used to treat intractable pain from cancers[2] such as pancreatic cancer. Frequently, celiac plexus block is performed by pain management specialists and radiologists, with CT scans
CT scans
for guidance. Intractable pain related to chronic pancreatitis is an important indication for celiac plexus ablation. See also[edit]

Cardiac plexus Superior hypogastric plexus Celiac ganglia


^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar+plexus. ^ Garcia-Eroles X, Mayoral V, Montero A, Serra J, Porta J (2007). " Celiac plexus
Celiac plexus
block: a new technique using the left lateral approach". The Clinical journal of pain. 23 (7): 635–7. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e31812e6aa8. PMID 17710015. 

External links[edit]

Anatomy photo:40:10-0101 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Posterior Abdominal Wall: The Celiac Plexus" figures/chapter_32/32-6.HTM: Basic Human Anatomy at Dartmouth Medical School The Solar Plexus: Abdominal Brain By Theron Q. Dumont

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Anatomy of the autonomic nervous system



Cervical ganglia: roots long ciliary Deep petrosal


Ciliary ganglion: roots

Sensory Parasympathetic

Short ciliary

Pterygopalatine ganglion: deep petrosal nerve of pterygoid canal

branches of distribution: greater palatine

inferior posterior nasal branches

lesser palatine nasopalatine

medial superior posterior nasal branches


Submandibular ganglion

Otic ganglion



paravertebral ganglia: Cervical ganglia

Superior Middle Inferior

Stellate ganglion

prevertebral plexus: Cavernous plexus Internal carotid



paravertebral ganglia: Thoracic ganglia

prevertebral plexus: Cardiac plexus Esophageal plexus Pulmonary plexus Thoracic aortic plexus

splanchnic nerves: cardiopulmonary thoracic

cardiac nerves: Superior Middle Inferior



paravertebral ganglia: Lumbar ganglia

prevertebral ganglia:

Celiac ganglia Aorticorenal

Superior mesenteric ganglion Inferior mesenteric ganglion

prevertebral plexus: Celiac plexus

Hepatic Splenic Pancreatic


Abdominal aortic plexus Renal/Suprarenal

Superior mesenteric


Inferior mesenteric

Spermatic Ovarian

Superior hypogastric

hypogastric nerve Superior rectal

Inferior hypogastric

Vesical Prostatic / Cavernous nerves of penis Uterovaginal Middle rectal

splanchnic nerves: Lumbar splanchnic nerves


Submucous plexus Myenteric plexus



paravertebral ganglia: Sacral ganglia Ganglion impar

splanchnic nerves: Sacral splanchnic nerves


splanchnic nerves: Pelvic