Relating to the viscera or internal organs, especially those of the abdomen.
- Radiation of the pain to the back indicating retroperitoneal invasion of the splanchnic nerve plexus by the tumour occurs in a quarter of patients.
- The main nerve trunks linking the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system are known as the vagus and splanchnic nerves.
- Gastrointestinal autonomic neuropathy may cause paresis anywhere in the digestive tract, with damage to small myelinated and unmyelinated splanchnic nerves.
Late 17th century: from modern Latin splanchnicus, from Greek splankhnikos, from splankhna 'entrails'.
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