Diagnosis and management of olecranon bursitis

Surgeon. 2012 Oct;10(5):297-300. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2012.02.002. Epub 2012 Apr 12.


We aim to review the current knowledge on diagnosis, clinical features and main management modalities of olecranon bursitis. We underline that the first treatment line is conservative, including ice, rest, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs and, occasionally, bursal fluid aspiration. In unresponsive patients, although open excisional procedures allow to completely remove the pathological bursal tissue, arthroscopy is increasingly being considered as a suitable new modality of management. These minimally invasive procedures, although not free from complications, avoid the wound problems often occurring following open excision.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage
  • Arthroscopy
  • Bursitis / diagnosis*
  • Bursitis / drug therapy
  • Bursitis / surgery
  • Bursitis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Olecranon Process*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones