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Identify the white and gray rami communicantes, which connect thoracic sympathetic ganglia to the adjacent spinal (intercostal) nerves. White rami communicantes carry preganglionic sympathetic fibers from the spinal nerves to the sympathetic ganglia. Gray rami communicantes carry postganglionic sympathetic fibers from the sympathetic ganglia to the spinal nerves. Although white and gray rami cannot be differentiated at the gross level, verify that there are two rami communicantes associated with a spinal nerve and its corresponding ganglion.
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