Tumours and tumour mimics in the olecranon

Clin Radiol. 2015 Jul;70(7):760-73. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2015.02.019. Epub 2015 Mar 30.


Lesions in the olecranon are rare and may be identified during the investigation of a clinically suspected abnormality or as an incidental finding. This review describes the spectrum of tumours and tumour-like lesions that can involve the olecranon and illustrates the radiographic, CT, and MRI appearances that may facilitate diagnosis. A variety of pathological processes affecting the olecranon are presented and discussed including the epidemiology and imaging features.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Diseases / diagnosis
  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Olecranon Process / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods