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*80-90% of septic bursitis is caused by S. aureus, with Streptococcus also playing a large role.  Tailor antibiotic therapy appropriately.<ref>Hanrahan JA.  Recent Developments in Septic Bursitis.  Curr Infect Dis Rep. (2013) 15: 421 - 425.</ref> 
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  • Most common sites are prepatellar bursa and olecranon bursa

Clinical Features

  • Acute pain, tenderness, warmth, and erythema of affected bursa
    • None of which is seen in aseptic bursitis
  • Fever (<50%)

Differential Diagnosis


  • Bursal fluid aspiration
    • Both diagnostic and therapeutic



Cover Staphylococcus aureus (80-90%) and Streptococcus

Outpatient Options

Treatment followup with primary physician is important since the regimen may need extension to 3 weeks.

Inpatient Options

  • Vancomycin 25-30 mg/kg IV loading then 15-20 mg/kg IV OR
  • Clindamycin 600 mg (10/mg/kg) IV three times daily
  • Linezolid 600 mg IV BID (10mg/kg Q8hrs for pediatrics)


  • Consider admission for:
    • Extensive purulent bursitis
    • Extensive surrounding cellulitis
    • Suspected joint involvement
    • Immunocompromise
    • Failure to resopnd to course of PO antibiotics

See Also