Paracentral lobule

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Brain: Paracentral lobule
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Medial surface of left cerebral hemisphere. (Paracentral lobule is shown in red.)
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Medial view of a halved human brain (Paracentral lobule labeled at top center, in blue.)
Latin lobulus paracentralis
Gray's p.822
NeuroNames ancil-404
TA A14.1.09.209
FMA FMA:77534

The more medial part of the superior frontal gyrus is distinguished as the paracentral lobule. It is continuous with the precentral and postcentral gyri of the lateral surface.

It includes portions of the frontal and parietal lobes:[1]

  • The anterior portion of the paracentral lobule is part of the frontal lobe and is often referred to as the supplementary motor area.
  • The posterior portion is considered part of the parietal lobe and deals with somatosensory of the distal limbs.

While the boundary between the lobes, the central sulcus, is easy to locate on the lateral surface of the cerebral hemispheres, this boundary is often discerned in a cytoarchetectonic manner in cases where the central sulcus is not visible on the medial surface.


Neurons in paracentral lobule are concerned with:

  1. Motor and sensory innervations of the contralateral lower extremity
  2. Regulation of physiological function such as defecation and micturition

Blood supply[edit]

It is supplied by branches of the anterior cerebral artery.

Applied anatomy[edit]

Damage of paracentral lobule occurs from occlusion of anterior cerebral artery. Characteristic manifestations include:

  • Contralateral lower limb muscle weakness
  • Urinary incontinence



  1. ^ Neuroscience in medicine. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. 2003. p. 348. ISBN 1-58829-016-6. 

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