Volkmann's canals

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Volkmann's canals
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Illustrated cross section of a long bone. Volkmann's canal labeled at bottom right.

Volkmann's canals are microscopic structures found in compact bone. They run within the osteons perpendicular to the Haversian canals, interconnecting the latter with each other and the periosteum.They usually run at right angles to the Haverian canals and contain anastomosing vessels between Haversian capillaries. The Volkmann's canals also carry small arteries throughout the bone.