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Encyclopedia > Ventral spinocerebellar tract

The ventral spinocerebellar tract conveys proprioceptive information from the body to the cerebellum. It is part of the somatosensory system and runs in parallel with the dorsal spinocerebellar tract. Both these tracts involve two neurons and end up on the same side of the body.


Synonyms

  • anterior spinocerebellar tract
  • Gowers' column
  • Gowers' fasciculus
  • Gowers' tract
  • tractus spinocerebellaris ventralis

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eMedicine - Spinal Cord, Topographical and Functional Anatomy : Article by Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, MSc, ... (4598 words)
A tract is usually named by a composite of its origin and destination; for example, the corticospinal tract originates at the cerebral cortex and ends at the spinal cord.
A tectospinal tract arises from neurons in the deep layers of the superior colliculus, crosses around the periaqueductal gray matter, and is incorporated in the medial longitudinal fasciculus at the medulla.
An anterior spinothalamic tract ascends in the anterior and anterolateral funiculi.
www.similima.com - virtual medical world of postgraduate homoeopaths (1702 words)
The dorsal tract enters the cerebellum through the inferior cerebellar peduncle and terminates in the vermis and intermediate zones of the cerebellum on the same side as its origin.
The signals transmitted in the dorsal spinocerebellar tracts come mainly from the muscle spindles and to a lesser extent from other somatic receptors throughout the body such as golgi tendon organs, large tactile receptors of the skin and joint receptors.
The ventral spinocerebellar tracts are mainly excited by the motor signals arising in the anterior horn of the spinal cord from 1)the brain through the corticospinal and rubrospinal tracts and 2) the internal motor pattern generators in the cord itself.
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