Accessory cuneate nucleus

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Brain: Accessory cuneate nucleus
Latin nucleus cuneatus accessorius
Part of Medulla
NeuroNames hier-765
Dorlands/Elsevier n_11/12580907


The accessory cuneate nucleus is located lateral to the cuneate nucleus in the medulla oblongata at the level of the sensory decussation (the crossing fibers of the posterior column/medial lemniscus tract).

It receives input from cervical spinal nerves and transmits that information to the cerebellum.

These fibers are called cuneocerebellar (cuneate nucleus > cerebellum) fibers. In this function, the accessory cuneate nucleus is comparable to the upper extremity portion of the posterior spinocerebellar tract.

References

  • Haines, Duane E. Fundamental Neuroscience, 2nd. ed. (2002). ISBN 0-443-06603-5

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