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False Ribs: The false ribs are located below the true ribs on the rib cage. There are three pairs of false ribs, numbered eight, nine and ten. The false ribs are curved bones that form the lower portion the ribcage and give structure to the thorax and surround and protect some organs, such as the spleen and liver. The false ribs are attached to the thoracic vertebrae in the back and are attached to the costal cartilage of the true ribs in the front.
The false ribs form a portion of the axial skeleton and are also a part of the respiratory system, because they are flexible and can expand and shrink the size of the thoracic cavity during respiration, helping to force air in and out of the lung. Conditions that can afflict the false ribs include fracture, flail chest, infection, osteomyelitis and costochondritis.
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