Ventral posterolateral nucleus

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Brain: Ventral posterolateral nucleus
Thalamic nuclei:
MNG = Midline nuclear group
AN = Anterior nuclear group
MD = Medial dorsal nucleus
VNG = Ventral nuclear group
VA = Ventral anterior nucleus
VL = Ventral lateral nucleus
VPL = Ventral posterolateral nucleus
VPM = Ventral posteromedial nucleus
LNG = Lateral nuclear group
PUL = Pulvinar
MTh = Metathalamus
LG = Lateral geniculate nucleus
MG = Medial geniculate nucleus
Latin nucleus ventralis posterolateralis thalami
NeuroNames hier-327
Dorlands/Elsevier n_11/12584011

The ventral posterolateral nucleus (VPL) is a nucleus of the thalamus. Together with the ventral posteromedial nucleus (VPM) it constitutes the ventral posterior nucleus.

Input and output

It projects to the postcentral gyrus and receives information from the spinothalamic tract and the medial lemniscus of the posterior column-medial lemniscus pathway. This information is especially relating to the somatosensory system.

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