Bursitis of the Elbow (Olecranon Bursitis)

A normal bursa in the elbow compared to an inflamed one (bursitis)

The olecranon bursa is found between the point of the elbow and the skin. Bursitis here causes pain over the point and back of the elbow.

A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates areas of the body where friction is likely to occur. Examples of such areas include between two bones, between a tendon or ligament and a bone, and between bone and skin.

Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

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