The Thalamus and Pain

  • M. L. Sotgiu
Conference paper
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


The thalamus is the relay for the transmission of information on all sensory modalities to the cortex and is considered a key for the receipt, integration and transfer of nociceptive information, also displaying an important modulatory role. The thalamus encodes information about the type, temporal pattern, intensity, and, at least for cutaneous input, topographic localization of pain. It interacts with cortical and limbic structures responsible for both the sensory-discriminative and emotional dimensions of pain.


Chronic Pain Thalamic Neuron Chronic Neuropathic Pain Nociceptive Information Neurogenic Pain 
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