intercostal muscles


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intercostal muscles

[¦in·tər¦käst·əl ¦məs·əlz]
(anatomy)
Voluntary muscles between adjacent ribs.
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KEY WORDS: Intercostal muscle flap, Postoperative pain, Thoracotomy, Intracostal sutures.
In our case, as the patient could not afford MRI, colour Doppler study, a cheaper alternative was performed which indicated intercostal muscle invasion by the tumor.
Thus, when people speak of "using the diaphragm" during playing, they are misinterpreting what actually happens; the diaphragm undergoes controlled relaxation during expiration and, together with relaxation of the external intercostal muscles, can only help to control the rate of emptying rather than the extent.
The drain causes damage to the parietal pleura and intercostal muscles, both very sensitive structures.
Robert Key reached 100 (203 balls, 18 fours) as Warwickshire's injury problems increased yet further with Lee Daggett absent having a scan on sore intercostal muscles.
Young children are unable to compensate effectively for a paralysed hemi-diaphragm because of their greater reliance on the diaphragm for ventilation in a more horizontally arranged ribcage with underdeveloped intercostal muscles, (3, 5) a relatively mobile mediastinum, (3) a more compliant chest wall owing to incomplete ossification, (5) and narrow, easily obstructed bronchi.
Sometimes the intercostal muscles (the muscles between the ribs) can be strained.
These showed that she had an invasive, inflammatory breast cancer that had also invaded her pectoral and intercostal muscles, her vertebrae, right axilla and left greater trochanter (femur) also causing pain walking.
The most common cause of death for ALS patients is respiratory failure due to weakness of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles (Braun, 1987; Caroscio, Mulvihill, Sterling, & Abrams, 1987; Lechtzin, Rothstein, Clawson, Diette, & Wiener, 2002; Melo, Homma, Iturriaga, Frierson, Amato, Anzueto, et al.
As this awareness goes into the compressed side, the intercostal muscles begin to stretch making more room for the lungs and ribs to expand.
AIT sounds like cramp in your intercostal muscles - the ones between your ribs.

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