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Shoulder bursae

Last revised by Dr Han Xin Lau on 15 Dec 2020

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 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

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: shoulder bursae diagram
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  • Case 1: distended SASD bursa - MRI
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