Olecranon bursitis

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel


Intramedullary nail fixation across fracture of ulna about 5 weeks back. Complaining of pain, swelling in the olecranon region.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

There is a fluid collection with internal echoes in the subcutaneous plane of the posterior elbow. There is hypervascularity around the collection. About 16 mm length of the intramedullary nail is seen outside the cortex of the ulna in the olecranon region. The triceps tendon is normal. There is no elbow joint effusion. There is a reverberation artifact due to the intramedullary nail.

Case Discussion

Findings favor olecranon bursitis due to repetitive trauma caused by intramedullary nail tip.

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