Spinothalamic Pathway Case Study

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Dorsal-column-medial-lemniscal and spinothalamic pathways control different sensations. The dorsal column-medial lemniscal pathway controls mostly touch, vibration, and pressure on the skin. The spinothalamic pathway is in charge of pain, temperature, and touch. The dorsal-column-medial-lemniscal starts with the dorsal root axon and end with synapses in the thalamus and finally the cerebral cortex. The spinothalamic pathway begins with the dorsal root axon, and then the axon travels contra laterally through the spinothalamic tract and reaches the thalamus and synapses with the axon in the thalamus and sends signals to the cerebral cortex as well.

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