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    Aspiration of the Bursa

    Topic Overview

    Bursitis can cause a bursa to produce and fill up with fluid. A bursa that is swollen with fluid can be diagnosed and treated by drawing the fluid out with a needle and syringe (aspiration). Fluid often builds up in the bursa again. Draining the bursa can provide relief, but the cause of fluid buildup may also require treatment. After the fluid is tested for signs of infection or inflammation, proper treatment can be prescribed.

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    Current as ofJune 26, 2019

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma


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