Which of the following statements concerning the lateral horn of the spinal cord is true (AIIMS May 2012)
|A||It contains postganglionic parasympathetic neurons|
|B||It gives rise to a spinothalamic tract|
|C||It is present at all spinal cord levels|
|D||It gives rise to preganglionic sympathetic fibers|
It gives rise to preganglionic sympathetic fibers
• Lateral horn cells are present in the T1-L2 spinal segments & also may be evident in the S2, 3, 4 levels.
• Lateral horn cells contain the autonomic neurons. Sympathetic neurons are present in the thoraco-lumbar region of the spinal cord and parasympathetic neurons present them in the sacral spinal cord.