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Septic bursitis (infectious bursitis) is an infection of the
bursae, the small sacs of fluid that cushion and lubricate an area where
tissues—including bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, or skin—rub against one
another. Common sites of septic bursitis are the tips of the elbows and the
It may be hard to tell the difference between inflammation in
a bursa (bursitis) and infection in a bursa (septic bursitis). Symptoms of
septic bursitis may include:
Antibiotics and drainage (either drainage with a needle or,
sometimes, surgical drainage) are required to treat the infection. Sometimes
this requires a hospital stay for intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy or
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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