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intercostal nerve (probe)
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The intercostal veins, arteries, and nerves can be found at the inferior border of the ribs (the veins lying within the costal groove).
When performing a thoracentesis the needle used to withdraw excess pleural fluid is inserted superior to the border of the rib to spare injury to the intercostal vessels (which can potentially cause bleeding).
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