Central canal

Jump to: navigation, search
Central canal
Medulla spinalis - Section - English.svg
Cross-section through cervical spinal cord.
File:Medulla spinalis - Substantia grisea - English.svg
Latin canalis centralis medullae spinalis
Gray's subject #185 753
Dorlands/Elsevier c_04/12208559

For the engineering project, see Indiana Central Canal.

The central canal is the cerebrospinal fluid-filled space that runs longitudinally through the length of the entire spinal cord. The central canal is contiguous with the ventricular system of the brain. The central canal represents the adult remainder of the neural tube.

It generally occludes, closes off, as we age.[1]

The obex connects the central canal to the fourth ventricle.


  1. Yasui K, Hashizume Y, Yoshida M, Kameyama T, Sobue G (1999). "Age-related morphologic changes of the central canal of the human spinal cord". Acta Neuropathol. 97 (3): 253–9. PMID 10090672.

External links

nl:Centrale kanaal