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Subcutaneous Olecranon Bursa
Connective Tissue

Subcutaneous Olecranon Bursa

Bursa subcutanea olecrani

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Anatomical Relations

The subcutaneous olecranon bursa sits subcutaneously, overlying the olecranon process. For this reason the skin overlying the olecranon of the ulna is highly mobile (Moore, Dalley and Agur, 2013).

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The subcutaneous olecranon bursa is a fluid-filled sac which sits between the olecranon of the ulna and the overlying subcutaneous tissue.


The subcutaneous olecranon bursa protects the olecranon of the ulna.

List of Clinical Correlates


—Septic bursitis


Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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