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Figure 6: Suggested anatomical pathway for visual field recovery following early hemispherectomy (based on a series of anatomical studies performed on the same monkeys). The deafferented left temporal hemiretina (T) still contains ganglion cells [57] that send their axons to the remaining left dLGN as a dead end [12]. Retinofugal projections to the left superior colliculus (SC) are still robust and maintain a normal metabolic rate as measured by cytochrome oxydase immunochemistry [59]. The information reaching the left SC is transferred to the right SC via the intertectal commissure (IC), the right Pulvinar (P), and the occipital cortex of the remaining right hemisphere. The deafferented right nasal hemiretina (N) sends crossed projection through the optic chiasm (OC) to the appropriate layers of the remnants of the left dLGN and to the left SC [15, 58, 59, 62]. The left Pulvinar is severely atrophied and receives no retinal projections. Projections from the afferented portions of the retinae (left nasal and right temporal) reach their subcortical targets in a normal fashion en route to the occipital cortex of the right hemisphere.