The subcoracoid bursa is located anterior to subscapularis and beneath the coracoid process and extends caudal to the conjoined tendons of coracobrachialis and short head of biceps brachii. Fluid in the subcoracoid bursa does not normally communicate with the glenohumeral joint but may communicate with the subacromial bursa.
- does not extend as caudal as the subcoracoid bursa
- communicates with the glenohumeral joint
Large effusions of the subcoracoid bursa are often associated with anterior rotator cuff tears 2.
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- 2. Grainger AJ, Tirman PF, Elliott JM, Kingzett-Taylor A, Steinbach LS, Genant HK. MR anatomy of the subcoracoid bursa and the association of subcoracoid effusion with tears of the anterior rotator cuff and the rotator interval. (2000) AJR. American journal of roentgenology. 174 (5): 1377-80. doi:10.2214/ajr.174.5.1741377 - Pubmed