Ventral posteromedial nucleus

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Ventral posteromedial nucleus
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Thalamic nuclei
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Identifiers
Latinnucleus ventralis posteromedialis thalami
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NeuroLex IDbirnlex_743
TAA14.1.08.642
FMA62202
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The ventral posteromedial nucleus (VPM) is a nucleus of the thalamus.

Inputs and outputs[edit]

The VPM contains synapses between second and third order neurons from the anterior (ventral) trigeminothalamic tract and posterior (dorsal) trigeminothalamic tract. These neurons convey sensory information from the face and oral cavity. Third order neurons in the trigeminothalamic systems project to the postcentral gyrus.

The VPM also receives taste afferent information from the solitary tract and projects to the cortical gustatory area.

Sources[edit]

  • Kiernan, J., & Rajakumar, R. (2013). Barr's the human nervous system: an anatomical viewpoint. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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