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Anatomy of the Brain - Pons

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Pons

This brain image shows the location of the pons.

Credit: Alan Hoffring/National Cancer Institute

Pons:

In Latin, the word pons literally means bridge. The pons is a portion of the hindbrain that connects the cerebral cortex with the medulla oblongata. It also serves as a communications and coordination center between the two hemispheres of the brain. As a part of the brainstem, the pons helps in the transferring of messages between various parts of the brain and the spinal cord.

Function:

The pons is involved in several functions of the body including:
  • Arousal
  • Controlling Autonomic Functions
  • Relaying Sensory Information Between the Cerebrum and Cerebellum
  • Sleep

Location:

Directionally, the pons is superior to the medulla oblongata and inferior to the midbrain. Sagittally, it is anterior to the cerebellum and posterior to the pituitary gland.

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