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At the intervertebral foramen, what is the relationship between spinal nerve number and the vertebral number along the cervical spine?

In the cervical spine, spinal nerves exit above the segment they are numbered after (C8 nerve is the exception to this rule). C3 nerve exits above C3 or between C2/C3

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At the intervertebral foramen, what is the relationship between spinal nerve number and the vertebral number along the thoracic and lumbar spine and the sacrum?

In the thoracic and lumbar spine and for the sacrum, spinal nerves exit below the segment they are numbered after (Co1 nerve is the exception to this rule). T6 nerve exits below T6 or between T6/T7

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What is the relationship between rib number and vertebral numbers at the costocentral joint?

Rib numbers always equates to same vertebral number at the costocentral joint. Rib 3 articulates with T3 segment and also with T2 segment; only ribs 1, 11, 12 typically joint with a single segment

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What is the relationship between spinal nerve number, rib number and vertebral numbers in a thoracic intervertebral foramen?

The spinal nerve number relates to the upper segment number in the vertebral couple. The rib number relates to the lower segment number in the vertebral couple i.e T3 nerve exits at the intervertebral foramen formed by T3/T4 and rib 4 joints with this vertebral couple