Function of the pons

What is the function of the pons

The pons (bridge) lies rostral to the medulla and appears as a bulge mounting from the ventral surface of the brain stem.

The pons contains nuclei for cranial nerves V, VI, VII, and VIII as well as a large number of neurons that relay information about movement from the frontal cerebral hemispheres to the cerebellum (frontopontocerebellar pathway).

Other clinically pertinent pathways in the pons are those for the control of saccadic eye movements (medial longitudinal fasciculus) and the auditory and vestibular connections


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