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Brief review of vestibular system anatomy and its higher order projections

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Author(s): Tascioglu AB

Journal: Neuroanatomy
ISSN 1303-1783

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: vestibular system | anatomy | review | connections

ABSTRACT
The vestibular system is one of the most complex systems of the human brain. A very small peripheral organ in the inner ear, the labyrinth, forms the peripheral receptor. This receptor forms connections with centers at all levels within the central nervous system. These centers in turn, will project back to vestibular structures in the brain stem who will control the geography of the body providing balance and an accuracy in visual movements as well as posture and gait. This review aims to give the readers a brief overview as to what the vestibular system is; its related structures and defined anatomical pathways.
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