Intercostal Nerve Entrapment: Chest Wall

  • Sola OlamikanEmail author
  • Amitabh Gulati
  • Andrea M. Trescot


Intercostal nerve entrapment is rarely considered as a cause of chest wall pain, even though the pain is usually dermatomal in nature and therefore should be readily apparent. A history of chest wall injury (trauma, surgery, or infection) should alert the clinician to the possibility of intercostal neuralgia.


Intercostal neuralgia Intercostal nerve entrapment Intercostal nerve syndrome Chest wall pain Abdominal wall pain 

Supplementary material

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Physical exam of the intercostal nerve (MOV 49860 kb)

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Landmark-guided injection of the intercostal nerve (MOV 51892 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sola Olamikan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Amitabh Gulati
    • 3
  • Andrea M. Trescot
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of Texas, Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Health Medical CenterDallasUSA
  3. 3.Anesthesiology and Critical CareMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA

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