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Can bursitis cause an infection?
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine
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In brief: Sometimes
Bursitis is inflammation in a fluid filled sac that typically sits between bone and muscle to reduce friction.
We have bursae in our shoulders, elbows, knees and hips. If the bursa gets irritated it can become inflammed and fill with fluid. That is bursitis. Occasionally (but not often), a bursa can get infected. This is most common in the elbow and knee.

In brief: Sometimes
Bursitis is inflammation in a fluid filled sac that typically sits between bone and muscle to reduce friction.
We have bursae in our shoulders, elbows, knees and hips. If the bursa gets irritated it can become inflammed and fill with fluid. That is bursitis. Occasionally (but not often), a bursa can get infected. This is most common in the elbow and knee.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
In brief: Infection causes it
Bursitis may be caused by an infection, termed septic bursitis.
However, most cases of bursitis are inflammatory, not infectious. Bursitis does not actually cause an infection.

In brief: Infection causes it
Bursitis may be caused by an infection, termed septic bursitis.
However, most cases of bursitis are inflammatory, not infectious. Bursitis does not actually cause an infection.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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