Dorsal trigeminal tract

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Dorsal trigeminal tract
Latin tractus trigeminothalamicus posterior
NeuroNames hier-602
NeuroLex ID Dorsal trigeminal tract
TA A14.1.05.312
FMA 72500
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The posterior trigeminothalamic tract (or dorsal trigeminothalamic tract) is composed of second order neuronal axons. These fibers carry sensory information about discriminative touch and conscious proprioception in the oral cavity from the principal (chief sensory) nucleus to the ventral posteromedial (VPM) nucleus of the thalamus.

Unlike the anterior trigeminothalamic tract, the posterior trigeminothalamic tract does not cross the midline.

The posterior trigeminothalamic tract is also called the posterior trigeminal lemniscus.[1]


The first order neurons (from the trigeminal ganglion) enter the medulla and synapse in the principal (chief sensory) nucleus. Axons of the second order neurons then ascend to the ventral posteromedial nucleus of the ipsilateral thalamus, forming the posterior trigeminothalamic tract. The third order neurons in the thalamus ascend to the sensory cortex of the postcentral gyrus.


  1. ^ Anthoney, T. R. (1993). Neuroanatomy and the neurologic exam: a thesaurus of synonyms, similar-sounding non-synonyms, and terms of variable meaning. CRC Press. 


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