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Cuneate nucleus



Brain: Cuneate nucleus
Dissection of brain-stem. Dorsal view. (Label for "nucleus cuneatus" is on left, third from the bottom.)
Section of the medulla oblongata at about the middle of the olive.
Latin nucleus cuneatus
Gray's subject #187 774
NeuroNames hier-764
Dorlands/Elsevier n_11/12580900

One of the dorsal column nuclei, the cuneate nucleus is a wedge-shaped nucleus in the closed part of the medulla oblongata. It contains cells that give rise to the cuneate tubercle, visible on the posterior aspect of the medulla. It lies laterally to the gracile nucleus and medial to the spinal trigeminal nucleus in the medulla.

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Function

The cuneate nucleus is part of dorsal column-medial lemniscus system, carrying fine touch and proprioceptive information to the thalamus and cerebellum.

Pathology

It may be affected by vitamin E deficiency exhibiting neuroaxonal swelling.

See also

  • Fasciculus cuneatus

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