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March 31, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(13):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690400026011

Olecranon bursitis is considered a rare condition except in those localities where mining is an important industry, which fact has given to it the name of "miners' elbow." Little has been written on this subject, and many features of the condition are overlooked. As a result, complications develop which are to be discussed in this article. Within a period of one year we have observed fifteen cases.

ANATOMY  In the region of the olecranon there are located three distinct bursae: (1) a large subcutaneous bursa lying directly beneath the skin, which when fully distended measures about 2½ inches in length, three-fourths inch in width and is of varying thickness, with the upper half lying above the tip of the bone and the remaining portion firmly attached to the underlying periosteum; (2) a small bursa which is not easily demonstrable within the tendinous attachment of the triceps, and (3) a slightly