Bursitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 11, 2020
  • Author: Kristine M Lohr, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Because of the possible adverse effects of chronic bursitis on overlying structures, bursitis and tendinitis may occur together; accordingly, the differential diagnosis should include both of these diagnoses.

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Septic arthritis

  • Ligamentous injury

  • Fracture

  • Osteoarthritis

Differential Diagnoses