Septic Bursitis

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General Principles

  • Usually involves the olecranon or prepatellar bursa and can be differentiated from septic arthritis by localized, fluctuant superficial swelling and by relatively painless joint motion (particularly extension).
  • Most patients have a history of previous trauma to the area or an occupational predisposition (e.g., “housemaid’s knee,” “writer’s elbow”).
  • S. aureus is the most common pathogen of septic bursitis.

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General Principles

  • Usually involves the olecranon or prepatellar bursa and can be differentiated from septic arthritis by localized, fluctuant superficial swelling and by relatively painless joint motion (particularly extension).
  • Most patients have a history of previous trauma to the area or an occupational predisposition (e.g., “housemaid’s knee,” “writer’s elbow”).
  • S. aureus is the most common pathogen of septic bursitis.

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