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November 17, 1978

Septic Bursitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne County General Hospital, Eloise, Mich, and the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 1978;240(21):2280-2281. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290210062029

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.

(JAMA 240:2280-2281, 1978)