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25-old male football player is in your practice. Last night he fell down during game and hurted his right flank. In physical examination there is symmetrical auscultation and tenderness in 5th rib. You decided to do nerve block with bupivacain injection. As you prepare for operation you try to remember basic anatomy of rib region. There is three structures inferior to rib, which of them are the most superior:

a) artery
b) vein
c) nerve
 

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Let's make it little more complicated

So if we are talking about ribs it is VAN

If we're talking about lower limb the mnemonics is

NAVy blue VAN

Right lower limb: nerve - artery - vein
Left lower limb: vein - artery - nerve
 

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Guys just an extension from the original question, don't forget that if you want to do a thoracocentesis, you want to avoid the VAN area (therefore entering at the inferior border of the intercostal space):)
 
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