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I have swelling in my shoulder. Is this bursitis?
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Dr. James Bicos
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
Bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac between the acromion and rotator cuff.
There is rarely enough inflammation to cause swelling. The biceps tendon, which goes along the front of the shoulder can get swollen. Other causes could be a cyst or something called a lipoma. I would see a shoulder specialist.

In brief: Probably not
Bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac between the acromion and rotator cuff.
There is rarely enough inflammation to cause swelling. The biceps tendon, which goes along the front of the shoulder can get swollen. Other causes could be a cyst or something called a lipoma. I would see a shoulder specialist.
Dr. James Bicos
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
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In brief: Possibly yes
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid filled sac at the top of the humerus.
If the inflammation is severe there may be swelling. Most often bursitis causes pain without much swelling. Some other causes of swelling in the shoulder are tendonitis, arthritis, joint infection and ligament tears.

In brief: Possibly yes
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid filled sac at the top of the humerus.
If the inflammation is severe there may be swelling. Most often bursitis causes pain without much swelling. Some other causes of swelling in the shoulder are tendonitis, arthritis, joint infection and ligament tears.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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