Staphylococcal infection of the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa

J Rheumatol. 1990 Jun;17(6):849-51.


A patient with a Staphylococcus aureus infection of the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa is described. Instillation of radiocontrast dye into the purulent cavity provided evidence that the infection was localized to the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa. The use of bursography/arthrography to define the site and extent of shoulder infections may help to determine the optimal duration of antibiotic therapy and the prognosis for cartilage and/or bone destruction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acromion
  • Adult
  • Bursa, Synovial / diagnostic imaging
  • Bursa, Synovial / microbiology*
  • Bursa, Synovial / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis
  • Joint Diseases / drug therapy
  • Joint Diseases / pathology
  • Male
  • Nafcillin / therapeutic use
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / pathology*


  • Nafcillin