Subthalamic fasciculus

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Subthalamic fasciculus
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DA-loops in Parkinson's disease (Subthalamic fasciculus visible but not labeled.)
Latin fasciculus subthalamicus
NeuroNames 2280
TA A14.1.08.677
FMA 77525
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The subthalamic fasciculus is a bi-directional neural tract that connects the subthalamic nucleus and the globus pallidus. [1]

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Subthalamus part of diencephalon

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Superior cerebellar peduncle

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Thalamic fasciculus

The thalamic fasciculus is a component of the subthalamus. It is synonymous with field H1 of Forel. Nerve fibres form a tract containing cerebellothalamic (crossed) and pallidothalamic (uncrossed) fibres, that is insinuated between the thalamus and the zona incerta.

Lenticular fasciculus

The lenticular fasciculus is a tract connecting the globus pallidus (internus) to the thalamus and is a part of the thalamic fasciculus. It is synonymous with field H2 of Forel. The thalamic fasciculus (composed of both the lenticular fasciculus and ansa lenticularis) runs to the thalamus. Basically, it is part of a pathway that connects the globus pallidus and the thalamus.

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Rostral interstitial nucleus of medial longitudinal fasciculus

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Pontocerebellar fibers

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  1. DeJong, Russell N.; Campbell, William; Haerer, Armin F. (2005). DeJong's the neurologic examination: incorporating the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 340. ISBN   0-7817-2767-7.