Middle cerebellar peduncles

The middle cerebellar peduncles (MCP) are paired structures connecting the cerebellum to the pons.

The middle cerebellar peduncles contain afferent white matter projection fibres which originate in contralateral pontine nuclei. The corticopontocerebellar pathway is the predominant afferent fibre pathway that passes through the MCP. The corticopontocerebellar pathway itself is involved in the communication between the cerebellum and the prefrontal cortex for the coordination and planning of motor tasks. 

The middle cerebellar peduncles receive their arterial blood supply through branches of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery and the superior cerebellar artery.

Diseases affecting the middle cerebellar peduncles present with clinical signs ipsilateral to the MCP lesion. This is a result of the dual decussation of cerebellar pathways 1-4

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rID: 54695
Section: Anatomy
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  • Middle cerebellar peduncle

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