Dorsal columns

The dorsal columns, or posterior columns, are ascending pathways primarily concerned with sensory function. They are responsible for transmitting vibration, conscious proprioception, and fine (discriminative) touch 1,2.

The dorsal columns are divided two tracts, which are discussed separately 2:

Related pathology

Anatomy: Spine

Article information

rID: 55607
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Dorsal column
  • Posterior columns
  • Posterior column

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: spinal cord tracts
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  • Figure 2: spinal cord and tracts
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  • Figure 3: spinal cord cross section (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 4: ascending spinal tracts (Gray's illustration)
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