Ruptured sub gluteus maximus (trochanteric) bursa

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Severe lateral hip pain with bulging laterally when patient sits.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Grossly distended sub gluteus maximus bursa with disruption anteriorly leading to swelling and edema in the upper anterior thigh muscles.  

There is also a distended sub gluteus medius bursa (arrow) and a labral tear with minor paralabral cyst (circle). 

The gluteus medius tendon is partially disrupted at its trochanteric insertion laterally (but not superolaterally) and associated with minor bone marrow edema in the greater trochanter.

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Case information

rID: 18098
Published: 8th Jun 2012
Last edited: 25th Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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