Middle cerebellar peduncle

The middle cerebellar peduncles, also known as the brachium pontis, are paired structures connecting the cerebellum to the pons.

The middle cerebellar peduncles contain afferent white matter projection fibers which originate in contralateral pontine nuclei. The corticopontocerebellar pathway is the predominant afferent fiber pathway that passes through the MCP. The corticopontocerebellar pathway itself is involved in the communication between the cerebellum and the prefrontal cortex for the coordination and planning of motor tasks. 

The middle cerebellar peduncles receive their arterial blood supply through branches of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery and the superior cerebellar artery.

Venous drainage occurs mainly through veins of the anterior (petrosal) posterior fossa group which empty into the sigmoid and inferior petrosal sinuses.

Diseases affecting the middle cerebellar peduncles present with clinical signs ipsilateral to the MCP lesion. This is a result of the dual decussation of cerebellar pathways 1-4

Anatomy: Brain

Anatomy: Brain

Article information

rID: 54695
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Brachium pontis
  • Middle cerebellar peduncle

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: cerebellar peduncles (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 2: cerebellar peduncles (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 3: arterial vascular territories (illustration)
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  • Figure 4: venous vascular territories (illustration)
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