Sensory Innervation of the Human Penis

  • Z. Halata
  • A. Spaethe
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 424)


Male reproductive behavior has a complex neural organisation. The penile erection and ejaculation require the integration and proper sequencing of somatic, sympathetic, and parasympathetic innervation (Johnson and Halata, 1991). In the present poster we try to answer two questions: 1. which type of sensory nerve endings occur and 2. how they are distributed. We have concentrated on the sensory innervation of the glans penis.


Nerve Ending Myelinated Axon Penile Erection Sensory Innervation Sensory Nerve Ending 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Halata
    • 1
  • A. Spaethe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Functional AnatomyUniversity of Hamburg (UKE)HamburgGermany

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