Upper limb sites

SubAcromial BursaCommon. Remember to check a BM in all patients to help exclude diabetes

Beware the immunocompromised patient. Primary bursitis may originate from rheumatoid arthritis, gout or infections. Secondary bursitis may arise from inflamed nearby structures (e.g. subacromial bursitis from rotator cuff tendonitis)


If unsure of infection Olecranon bursitis

See [BestBets] for further details on aspiration. 

Subacromial (subdeltoid) bursitis

Olecranon bursitis

Hip / Pelvis

Bursa around the hip region

Iliopsoas bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis

Ischial bursitis

Anserine bursitis diagramAnserine1

Anserine bursitis (goose foot)

Prepatellar bursitis

Infrapatellar bursitisPre-patellar bursitis

Calcaneal bursitis

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 23/06/2003. Reviewed by Dr ÍOS 30/07/2003, 18/09/2004, 02/02/2007. Last reviewed ÍOS 15/12/19.