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Iliopectineal Bursa
Connective Tissue

Iliopectineal Bursa

Bursa iliopectinea

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Bursae are sac-like structures, with an inner synovial membrane, that produces a thin film of synovial fluid. They aid in reducing friction between moving tissues of the body, such as between tendon and bone, ligament and bone, tendons and ligaments, and between muscles.

Inflammation of the bursa is known as bursitis. If the inflammation is due to injury or strain, it is known as aseptic bursitis. However, if the inflammation is caused by infection, it is known as septic bursitis.

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Anatomical Relations

The iliopectineal bursa lies between the iliopectineal eminence and the iliopsoas muscle, anterior to the joint capsule of the hip joint (Hammer, 2005).

An opening between the pubofemoral ligament and the descending part of the iliofemoral ligament creates a line of communication between the hip joint and the Iliopectineal bursa (Standring, 2016).


Generally, the iliopectineal bursa reduces friction, preventing damage to the bone and as the iliopsoas tendon slides over it.

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Hammer, W. I. (2005) Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods: New Perspectives. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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Synovial Bursa

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A synovial bursa is a simple sac lying between a tendon or muscle and an adjacent bony prominence.

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