Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inflamed Bursa Evaluation

The evaluation of bursitis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with bursitis include:

  • Swelling and tenderness overlying a joint or bony prominence

The diagnosis of bursitis can usually be made without testing. Tests may be performed in order to look for additional problems.

Tests that may be used to evaluate bursitis include:

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Inflamed Bursa Similar Conditions

Conditions that cause symptoms similar to bursitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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