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Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical



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© 2015 Elsevier B.V.. The technique of microneurography and the assessment of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) are used in laboratories throughout the world. The variables used to describe MSNA, and the criteria by which these variables are quantified from the integrated neurogram, vary among studies and laboratories and, therefore, can become confusing to those starting to learn the technique. Therefore, the purpose of this educational review is to discuss guidelines and standards for the assessment of sympathetic nervous activity through the collection and analysis of MSNA. This review will reiterate common practices in the collection of MSNA, but will also introduce considerations for the evaluation and physiological inference using MSNA.


Author-Accepted Manuscript is archived here. Published in final edited form as: Auton Neurosci. 2015 December; 193: 12–21. doi:10.1016/j.autneu.2015.08.004

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