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Related to spinothalamic tract: corticospinal tract, Lateral spinothalamic tract, Anterior spinothalamic tract
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The magnitude and significance of the correlations between these measures suggests that the same quantitative measures of sensory function used to determine the integrity of the spinothalamic tract system in healthy, nondisabled subjects and in persons in other patient populations may also be used in persons with SCI to reflect similar mechanisms.
Pain messages have been thought to travel exclusively along the spinothalamic tract, nerve bundles at the sides of the cord.
Brown-Sequard syndrome, first reported in 1849, is characterised by hemisection of the cord with disruption of the descending lateral corticospinal tracts resulting in ipsilateral hemiplegia, and damage of the ascending lateral spinothalamic tracts (which cross within one or two levels of the dorsal root entrance) resulting in contralateral loss of pain and temperature.