Slipping rib syndrome in childhood

J Pediatr Surg. 1997 Jul;32(7):1081-2. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(97)90403-6.


Slipping rib syndrome is an unusual cause of lower chest and upper abdominal pain in children not mentioned in major pediatric surgical texts. The syndrome occurs when the medial fibrous attachments of the eighth, ninth, or tenth ribs are inadequate or ruptured, allowing their cartilage tip to slip superiorly and impinge on the intervening intercostal nerve. This may cause a variety of somatic and visceral complaints. Although the diagnosis may be made based on history and physical examination, lack of recognition of this disorder frequently leads to extensive diagnostic evaluations before definitive therapy. The authors report on four children who have this disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intercostal Nerves*
  • Male
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes* / complications
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes* / diagnosis
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes* / therapy
  • Ribs*