For citation purposes: Somayaji K, Rao M. Course and termination of 2nd order neurons of general sensory from oral structures and taste pathways: Contradictory views. OA Anatomy 2014 Aug 17;2(3):23.

Critical review

 
Gross Anatomy

Course and termination of 2nd order neurons of general sensory from oral structures and taste pathways: Contradictory views.

K Somayaji, M Rao
 

Authors affiliations

(1) Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, India.

(2) Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India.

* Corresponding author Email: sksomayaji@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction

Injuries to the neurovascular structures leading to various complications are a common .n clinical practice. Such injuries can lead to abolition of different types of sensations. In dental practice, the administration of local anaesthetics can cause damage to the nearby nerve leading to neuropathy or loss of particular sensation carried by that nerve. Consciousness of sensations can be achieved only when the impulses reach the higher centres in the cerebral cortex. Therefore, the knowledge of the sensation pathways from the receptors to the higher centres is of utmost importance for the interpretation of the level of injury. Unfortunately, simple areas like sensory pathways of oral structures and taste remain to be debatable for the learners.

Conclusion

Different text books of Anatomy and Physiology describe the 2nd order neurons of these sensation pathways differently. Considering this, we have discussed the different contradicting views expressed by different authors. These contradictions may create confusion and difficulties for the learners and more so for the dental practitioners.

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