Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 445–448 | Cite as

Tuberculous bicipitoradial bursitis: A case report

  • Jun NishidaEmail author
  • Katsuro Furumachi
  • Shigeru Ehara
  • Takashi Satoh
  • Kyoji Okada
  • Tadashi Shimamura
Case Report


An 76-year-old man with an indolent soft tissue mass on the volar aspect of the left elbow was referred to our institution with a diagnosis of a soft tissue tumor. He had a history of lung tuberculosis since the age of 30. The mass was adjacent to the biceps brachi tendon. It demonstrated homogeneous low-signal intensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images and heterogeneous relatively high signal intensity with scattered low and high signal intensity areas on T2-weighted MR images. An excision was performed after needle biopsy with presumptive diagnosis of bicipitoradial bursitis. The histological specimen revealed an epithelioid cell granuloma with central necrosis. While the occurrence of tuberculous bicipitoradial bursitis has never been reported, this case demonstrates that it can be considered to be among the causes of a cystic lesion around the elbow joint.


Bicipitoradial bursa Soft tissue mass Tuberculous bursitis 



The authors thank Yoichi Satoh MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine Iwate Medical University, for his advice during the revision of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Nishida
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katsuro Furumachi
    • 2
  • Shigeru Ehara
    • 3
  • Takashi Satoh
    • 4
  • Kyoji Okada
    • 5
  • Tadashi Shimamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of MedicineIwate Medical UniversityMoriokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryIwate Medical UniversityMoriokaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, School of MedicineIwate Medical UniversityMoriokaJapan
  4. 4.PathologyIwate Medical UniversityMoriokaJapan
  5. 5.OrthopaedicsAkita University School of MedicineAkitaJapan

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