A population of cells in the human thalamic principal sensory nucleus respond to painful mechanical stimuli

Fred A. Lenz, Richard H. Gracely, Lance H. Rowland, Patrick M. Dougherty

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A population of neurons located in the cutaneous core of the principal sensory nucleus of human thalamus (ventralis caudalis, Vc) has been identified that had their maximal response to mechanical stimuli which were perceived as painful by the patients involved. None of these cells responded to painful thermal stimuli. The graded responses of these cells to mechanical stimuli extending into the painful range suggest they both mediate acute pain in response to mechanical stimuli and participate in mechanical hyperalgesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 10 1994



  • Human
  • Neurophysiology
  • Nociception
  • Pain measurement
  • Ventral posterior thalamic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

Cite this