, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 213-215
Date: 16 May 2007

Imaging-Guided Treatment of Scapulothoracic Bursitis

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Scapulothoracic region pain can be a diagnostic dilemma, occasionally being confused with other causes of shoulder pain or even a thoracic or cervical radiculopathy. True scapulothoracic bursitis can be caused by abnormal biomechanics between the scapula and the rib cage as an isolated entity, due to a structural lesion such as a tumor, posttraumatic, idiopathic, or secondary to a postsurgical deformity of the chest wall [1, 2]. Treatment of scapulothoracic bursitis can include conservative and surgical options, such as arthroscopic release of fibrous adhesions or bursectomies, or image-guided steroid/anesthetic injections of the bursa [2, 3, 4].

We present a case of a patient with scapulothoracic bursitis related to prior chest wall trauma and subsequent thoracoplasty, diagnosed with real-time fluoroscopy and treated with ultrasound-guided injection.

Case report

This is a 47-year-old female who sustained a severe traumatic injury to the posterior right chest wall and right lu ...