Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 5–10 | Cite as

Imaging bicipitoradial bursitis: a pictorial essay

  • Sheau Huey Yap
  • James Francis GriffithEmail author
  • Ryan Ka Lok Lee
Review Article


Although bicipitoradial bursitis is not commonly seen, when it does occur, it can frequently lead to diagnostic difficulty, mimicking either a soft-tissue tumor or infection. Lack of awareness of this uncommon entity can lead to unnecessary anxiety or tissue biopsy. This pictorial essay discusses the normal anatomy of the bicipitoradial bursa and the spectrum of imaging findings of bicipital bursitis.


Bicipitoradial Bursitis Imaging 


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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheau Huey Yap
    • 1
  • James Francis Griffith
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ryan Ka Lok Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHospital SelayangSelangorMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong KongThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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