costal cartilages

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costal cartilages

The flexible cartilages by which the front ends of most of the ribs are connected to the breast bone (STERNUM).
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Occasionally, direct extension from contiguous structures such as infected rib, costochondral cartilage, sternum, shoulder joint, through the chest wall from a tuberculous pleurisy, or via abrasions in the skin can pass infection into breast.
The slight inspiratory pain Anne had described where the sternum joined the costochondral cartilage and vertebrochondral rib ends worsened to where the ribs and boney structures of the chest "felt tight and made it difficult to breathe".
Nevertheless, further questioning about the nature of chest pain and reproduction of pain upon palpation of the involved musculature and costochondral cartilages was important in further refinement of the diagnosis.