Cavum vergae

Dr Henry Knipe and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The cavum vergae (CV), along with the cavum septum pellucidum (CSP) that lies immediately anterior to it, is a persistence of the embryological fluid-filled space between the leaflets of the septum pellucidum and is a common anatomical variant

The cavum vergae has also been referred to as the 6th ventricle 3 although this usage has fallen out of favour, both because of the lack of any direct communication between the cavum vergae and the ventricular system proper and the modern vogue to standardise nomenclature.

The cavum vergae is the posterior extension of the cavum septum pellucidum, posterior to the anterior columns of the fornix, lying anterior to the splenium of the corpus callosum, but it may exist independently 1-3

The cavum vergae has important immediate anatomical relations 3:

The septa of the cavum septum pellucidum and vergae begin to fuse from posterior to anterior from approximately 24 weeks gestation. By term, the cavum vergae is closed in 97% of babies, whereas the cavum septum pellucidum persists in most at this stage 4. Cavum septum pellucidum closure to form a single septum pellucidum occurs by 6 months of age in 85% of cases but may persist to adulthood in 15% 3.  Because of this ordered obliteration, a cavum septum pellucidum almost always accompanies a cavum vergae and is referred to as cavum septum pellucidum et vergae 1,2.

Anatomy: Brain
Share article

Article information

rID: 1067
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • cavum septum pellucidum et vergae
  • Cavum vergae (CV)
  • Sixth ventricle
  • 6th ventricle

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Figure 1: lateral view
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 1: CSP and CV (MRI)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Figure 2: anterior view
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 2: CV and CSP (CT)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 3: CV and CSP
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 4: CSP and CV (multiplanar CT)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 5: with cerebellar haemorrhage
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 6: with coloid cyst
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 7: CSP and CV (annotated CT)
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 8
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.
    Loadinganimation

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.