Effects of Preganglionic Parasympathetic Denervation on the Rabbit Lacrimation

  • Hiroshi Toshida
  • Roger W. Beuerman
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 506)


Lacrimal gland fluid secretion is under neural control. Parasympathetic nerve fibers, with preganglionic origins in the seventh cranial nerve, innervate the lacrimal gland, and the secretory action and signal transduction of acinar cells of this gland are well known.1–4 Although the importance of parasympathetic control of lacrimation is recognized, few basic studies have investigated the function of ganglionic control as a secretomotor neural system in secretion of tear fluid in vivo.5 In the present study, the effects of acute severing of the preganglionic parasympathetic nerve in normal rabbit produced a dry eye condition with rapid onset.


Lacrimal Gland Contact Lens Wearer Asymptomatic Group Ocular Discomfort Corneal Staining 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Toshida
    • 1
  • Roger W. Beuerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Lion’s Eye Research Laboratories, Laboratory for the Molecular Biology of the Ocular SurfaceLouisiana State University Eye CenterNew OrleansUSA

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