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Bursitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of bursitis is made by physical examination and history. The injured bursa will be tender when moved or pressed on. Occasionally redness or warmth can be felt over the affected area.

X rays and blood work are generally not done unless an infection is suspected. If so, a needle can be placed into the bursa to obtain fluid. This is sent for analysis to rule out infection and to confirm the diagnosis.

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Author: Bill Harrison, MD
Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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