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Costovertebral angle

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The costovertebral angle is the recess made between the 12th thoracic vertebra and the T12 vertebra at the posteroinferior margin of the thoracic cage on each side.

Surgically, it is important as a potential site for accidental encroachment on the pleural cavity - the pleura is disposed deep to the angle.

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