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Olecranon Bursitis
Kirkland W. Davis, MD, FACR; Andrew Sonin, MD, FACR
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Synonyms

                • Student's elbow, dart thrower's elbow, miner's elbow
              • Definitions

                • Swelling and enlargement of well-defined collection of fluid posterior to proximal olecranon

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Radiographic Findings

                  • CT Findings

                    • MR Findings

                      • Ultrasonographic Findings

                        • Imaging Recommendations

                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                            PATHOLOGY

                            • General Features

                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                • Microscopic Features

                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                  • Presentation

                                    • Demographics

                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                        • Treatment

                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                          • Consider

                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                              • Reporting Tips

                                                Selected References

                                                1. Esmaeilnejad-Ganji SM et al: Brucellosis as a rare cause of olecranon bursitis: case-based review. Rheumatol Int. 39(12):2185-7, 2019
                                                2. Lormeau C et al: Management of septic bursitis. Joint Bone Spine. 86(5):583-8, 2019
                                                3. Raas C et al: Treatment and outcome with traumatic lesions of the olecranon and prepatellar bursa: a literature review apropos a retrospective analysis including 552 cases. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 137(6):823-7, 2017
                                                4. Ruangchaijatuporn T et al: Ultrasound evaluation of bursae: anatomy and pathological appearances. Skeletal Radiol. 46(4):445-62, 2017
                                                5. Reilly D et al: Olecranon bursitis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 25(1):158-67, 2016
                                                6. Sussman WI et al: Ultrasound-guided elbow procedures. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 27(3):573-87, 2016
                                                7. Sayegh ET et al: Treatment of olecranon bursitis: a systematic review. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 134(11):1517-36, 2014
                                                8. Radunovic G et al: Ultrasound assessment of the elbow. Med Ultrason. 14(2):141-6, 2012
                                                9. Blankstein A et al: Ultrasonographic findings in patients with olecranon bursitis. Ultraschall Med. 27(6):568-71, 2006
                                                10. Degreef I et al: Complications following resection of the olecranon bursa. Acta Orthop Belg. 72(4):400-3, 2006
                                                11. Floemer F et al: MRI characteristics of olecranon bursitis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 183(1):29-34, 2004
                                                12. Choudhery V: The role of diagnostic needle aspiration in olecranon bursitis. J Accid Emerg Med. 16(4):282-3, 1999
                                                13. Stell IM: Management of acute bursitis: outcome study of a structured approach. J R Soc Med. 92(10):516-21, 1999
                                                14. Stewart NJ et al: Surgical treatment of aseptic olecranon bursitis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 6(1):49-54, 1997
                                                15. Weinstein PS et al: Long-term follow-up of corticosteroid injection for traumatic olecranon bursitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 43(1):44-6, 1984
                                                16. Dawes PT et al: Olecranon bursitis related to calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease. Arthritis Rheum. 26(5):695, 1983
                                                17. Saini M et al: Traumatic olecranon bursitis. Radiologic observations. Acta Radiol Diagn (Stockh). 23(3A):255-8, 1982
                                                18. Leach RE et al: Olecranon bursitis (dart throwers' elbow). A case report illustrating overuse/abuse in the sport of darts. Am J Sports Med. 7(5):299, 1979
                                                19. Cruz C et al: Dialysis elbow. Olecranon bursitis from long-term hemodialysis. JAMA. 238(3):243, 1977
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                                                KEY FACTS

                                                • Terminology

                                                  • Imaging

                                                    • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                      • Pathology

                                                        • Clinical Issues

                                                          • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                            TERMINOLOGY

                                                            • Synonyms

                                                              • Student's elbow, dart thrower's elbow, miner's elbow
                                                            • Definitions

                                                              • Swelling and enlargement of well-defined collection of fluid posterior to proximal olecranon

                                                            IMAGING

                                                            • General Features

                                                              • Radiographic Findings

                                                                • CT Findings

                                                                  • MR Findings

                                                                    • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                                      • Imaging Recommendations

                                                                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                          PATHOLOGY

                                                                          • General Features

                                                                            • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                              • Microscopic Features

                                                                                CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                                • Presentation

                                                                                  • Demographics

                                                                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                                      • Treatment

                                                                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                        • Consider

                                                                                          • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                            • Reporting Tips

                                                                                              Selected References

                                                                                              1. Esmaeilnejad-Ganji SM et al: Brucellosis as a rare cause of olecranon bursitis: case-based review. Rheumatol Int. 39(12):2185-7, 2019
                                                                                              2. Lormeau C et al: Management of septic bursitis. Joint Bone Spine. 86(5):583-8, 2019
                                                                                              3. Raas C et al: Treatment and outcome with traumatic lesions of the olecranon and prepatellar bursa: a literature review apropos a retrospective analysis including 552 cases. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 137(6):823-7, 2017
                                                                                              4. Ruangchaijatuporn T et al: Ultrasound evaluation of bursae: anatomy and pathological appearances. Skeletal Radiol. 46(4):445-62, 2017
                                                                                              5. Reilly D et al: Olecranon bursitis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 25(1):158-67, 2016
                                                                                              6. Sussman WI et al: Ultrasound-guided elbow procedures. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 27(3):573-87, 2016
                                                                                              7. Sayegh ET et al: Treatment of olecranon bursitis: a systematic review. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 134(11):1517-36, 2014
                                                                                              8. Radunovic G et al: Ultrasound assessment of the elbow. Med Ultrason. 14(2):141-6, 2012
                                                                                              9. Blankstein A et al: Ultrasonographic findings in patients with olecranon bursitis. Ultraschall Med. 27(6):568-71, 2006
                                                                                              10. Degreef I et al: Complications following resection of the olecranon bursa. Acta Orthop Belg. 72(4):400-3, 2006
                                                                                              11. Floemer F et al: MRI characteristics of olecranon bursitis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 183(1):29-34, 2004
                                                                                              12. Choudhery V: The role of diagnostic needle aspiration in olecranon bursitis. J Accid Emerg Med. 16(4):282-3, 1999
                                                                                              13. Stell IM: Management of acute bursitis: outcome study of a structured approach. J R Soc Med. 92(10):516-21, 1999
                                                                                              14. Stewart NJ et al: Surgical treatment of aseptic olecranon bursitis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 6(1):49-54, 1997
                                                                                              15. Weinstein PS et al: Long-term follow-up of corticosteroid injection for traumatic olecranon bursitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 43(1):44-6, 1984
                                                                                              16. Dawes PT et al: Olecranon bursitis related to calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease. Arthritis Rheum. 26(5):695, 1983
                                                                                              17. Saini M et al: Traumatic olecranon bursitis. Radiologic observations. Acta Radiol Diagn (Stockh). 23(3A):255-8, 1982
                                                                                              18. Leach RE et al: Olecranon bursitis (dart throwers' elbow). A case report illustrating overuse/abuse in the sport of darts. Am J Sports Med. 7(5):299, 1979
                                                                                              19. Cruz C et al: Dialysis elbow. Olecranon bursitis from long-term hemodialysis. JAMA. 238(3):243, 1977