- Elbow bursitis
- Student’s elbow
- Draftsman’s elbow
- Miner’s elbow
- 726.33 Olecranon bursitis
- M70.20 Olecranon bursitis, unspecified elbow
- Localized inflammation of the olecranon bursa, which is
a subcutaneous bursa at the olecranon process of the elbow
- Bursa fills with blood and serous fluid as a response to either
acute or repeated microtrauma
- Presents as pronounced, local swelling, isolated to the posterior
- Olecranon bursitis (OB) is a result of single episode
of trauma or repeat trauma to the posterior elbow when the elbow
is in a flexed position
- Commonly related to occupation or specific activity that causes
rubbing or pressure on the posterior elbow from a hard surface
- Swelling is contained to olecranon bursa which results in
the visualization of an “egg” appearance at the
- Patients often note focal pain to palpation of swollen bursa,
decreased range of motion, or inability to don a long-sleeved shirt
- Differential diagnosis is essential due to prevalence of infections
in this area
- Exquisite swelling, marked tenderness, and redness or heat
may be indicative of differential diagnosis
- Isolated diagnosis related to acute or chronic activity
(pressure to the posterior elbow by a hard surface) and focal swelling/pain
to the olecranon bursa
- Marked tenderness or swelling with acute onset may signal
- Redness or heat may be indicative of infection
- No reports identifying or limiting demographics. Incidence
related to activity.
- Occurs primarily in adults, but can occur in children and
athletes of any age
- Chronic cases often associated with occupation (miner) or
prolonged activity (student), which places posterior elbow on hard
- Acute cases often associated with acute blow to the posterior
elbow when flexed (athletes)
- Point tenderness to the posterior elbow
- Focal swelling to the posterior elbow
- Stiffness of elbow
- Pain with rubbing or light pressure to posterior elbow (wearing
long sleeve shirt)
- Pain with focal pressure (leaning on desk with bent elbow)
- Elbow range of motion can be reduced, either flexion, extension,
- Pain and swelling can be either insidious or acute
- Occasionally, swelling can be spontaneous and without pain
- Possible reduction in strength due to pain and inflammation
- Difficulty with dressing, grooming, reaching due to decreased
elbow range of motion
- Pain with sitting or leaning postures due to contact on the
- Pain with movements of the hand and wrist
- Difficulties with reaching, grasping, or pushing activities
- Occupations or activities that involve repeated contact
of the posterior elbow on hard surface (e.g., bartender, office,
- Direct trauma to the posterior elbow with elbow flexed
- Sporting activities involving direct blow to posterior ...
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