Intercostal Nerves

  • Amgad S. Hanna


The intercostal nerves arise from the ventral rami of the corresponding thoracic nerve roots. They run on the undersurface of the lower border of the corresponding rib in a neurovascular bundle with the following arrangement from cranial to caudal: vein, artery, and nerve (VAN).


Brachial Plexus Neurovascular Bundle Lower Border Deep Fascia Intercostal Nerve 
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    Xiao C, Lao J, Wang T, Zhao X, Liu J, Gu Y (2014) Intercostal nerve transfer to neurotize the musculocutaneous nerve after traumatic brachial plexus avulsion: a comparison of two, three, and four nerve transfers. J Reconstr Microsurg 30(5):297–304CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amgad S. Hanna
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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