Elbow bursae

Last revised by Yuranga Weerakkody on 13 Nov 2018

The elbow bursae are a collection of synovial-lined bursae that exist around the elbow.  They can be divided into bursae around the olecranon and in the cubital fossa.

Olecranon bursae
  • superficial olecranon bursa: lies between the olecranon and the subcutaneous tissue.
  • subtendinous olecranon bursa: lies between the tip of the olecranon and deep to the triceps brachii tendon 1.
  • intratendinous olecranon bursa: lies within the triceps brachii tendon near its insertion onto the olecranon 1.
Cubital bursae

Other less common bursae include

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