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Olecranon Bursitis

Bursa is a fluid sac around an area of a joint. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. Olecranon Bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursal sac around the area of the tip of the elbow.

Evaluation & Treatment

Initial evaluation begins with a medical history, physical examination, and possibly x-rays if other causes are suspected. Evaluation should include a discussion of history of infection and gout.

Treatment includes rest, avoidance of direct pressure on the elbow, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. If there are any signs of infection this may be drained and antibiotics may be started.

If the bump remains despite above treatment a surgery as an outpatient can be done to remove the bursal tissue. After surgery will be wrapped but allowed to move. Recovery typically takes a few weeks.