Shoulder bursae

Shoulder bursae refers to sacs surrounding the shoulder joint that are filled with synovial fluid. As with bursae in general, they facilitate movement and reduce friction reduces friction at tendon-tendon and tendon-bone interfaces. 

There are five main bursae around the shoulder. They include:

Sometimes authors include a 6th bursal space which is the

Share article

Article information

rID: 43309
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Shoulder bursa
  • Bursa around the shoulder joint

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Figure 1: shoulder bursae diagram
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 1: distended SASD bursa - MRI
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.