Responses of neurons in the region of human thalamic principal somatic sensory nucleus to mechanical and thermal stimuli graded into the painful range.

@article{Lee1999ResponsesON,
  title={Responses of neurons in the region of human thalamic principal somatic sensory nucleus to mechanical and thermal stimuli graded into the painful range.},
  author={Jimmy K F Lee and Patrick M Dougherty and David F Antezana and Fred Lenz},
  journal={The Journal of comparative neurology},
  year={1999},
  volume={410 4},
  pages={541-55}
}
The role of the region of the principal somatic sensory nucleus of the human thalamus (ventral caudal - Vc) in signaling painful sensations is unclear. We have now studied the response of cells (n = 57) in this region to both thermal and mechanical stimuli graded into the painful range during surgeries (n = 24) for treatment of movement disorders. Fifteen cells had a graded response to mechanical stimuli extending into the painful range and, thus, were classified in the wide dynamic range (WDR… CONTINUE READING

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