J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2011 Feb;46(1):73-77. 10.4055/jkoa.2011.46.1.73.

Spontaneously Regressed Bilateral Scapulothoracic Bursitis

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine and Hospital, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. hbinpark@gnu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Radiology, Korea General Hospital, Jinju, Korea.


Scapulothoracic bursitis causes snapping scapular syndrome, which is characterized by shoulder pain accompanying bony crepitation during shoulder motion, or as an isolated entity causing shoulder discomfort. The pathogenesis of scapulothoracic bursa formation is thought to be related to chronic repetitive mechanical stress on the periscapular tissue, usually from the result of a bone abnormality (a protrusion of the scapula or rib cage). Scapulothracic bursitis is treated with conservative management and the result can be successful. Accurate diagnosis is important because surgery is not necessary except for cases with pain, excessive friction, or dysfunction. We report a patient with rapidly developed bilateral scapulothoracic bursitis without pain and snapping, which can be confused with a soft tissue sarcoma. In this case, conservative management was used to treat the patient.


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