Olecranon Bursitis: Symptom and Causes


  • Tenderness, pain and swelling in the area at the tip of the elbow
  • Ache or stiffness in the elbow
  • Small lump may be felt in the back of the affected elbow. This occurs due to the increased fluid within the bursa and is tender with movement or when touched
  • Redness, red streaking, warmth, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the armpit caused by infection
  • Limited range of motion of the elbow


  • Inflammation, such as from pressure on the bursa or from inflammatory conditions. 
  • A sudden injury, such as a blow to the elbow, causing bleeding or fluid buildup
  • Infection caused by any injury

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