Septic bursitis

JAMA. 1978 Nov 17;240(21):2280-1.


In 12 cases of septic bursitis seen during 11 years, 11 patients were men and one patient was a woman, with a mean age of 51.3 years. The olecranon bursa was involved in nine cases. Staphylococcus aureus was grown from nine of ten culture-positive fluids. Bursal fluid WBC counts ranged from 1,550/cu mm to 165,000/cu mm, associated with low glucose levels in two cases, but not in three. Treatment with antibiotics and needle aspiration or surgical drainage was successful.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bursa, Synovial / microbiology
  • Bursitis / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Staphylococcal Infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification
  • Streptococcal Infections*
  • Streptococcus pyogenes / isolation & purification