Second order neuron

What is meant by a second order neuron?

Second order refers to all of the spinal cord neurons that receive input from the primary afferent fibers, including interneurons and projection neurons. Second-order neurons are also located in the dorsal column nuclei; these receive input from large, non-nociceptive, primary afferent fibers that ascend to the medulla via the posterior columns. Note that many second-order neurons in the dorsal horn receive convergent input from small-diameter nociceptive and from large-diameter non-nociceptive primary afferent fibers.


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