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Subdeltoid Bursa
Connective Tissue

Subdeltoid Bursa

Bursa subdeltoidea

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The subdeltoid bursa is a closed sac of synovial fluid that sits on the glenohumeral joint capsule. It is in communication with the subacromial bursae.


The subdeltoid bursa permits smooth movement of the rotator cuff deep to the coracoacromial arch (Paulsen and Waschke, 2013, Standring, 2016).

List of Clinical Correlates


—Septic bursitis


Paulsen, F. and Waschke, J. (2013) Sobotta Tables of Muscles, Joints and Nerves, English: Tables to 15th ed. of the Sobotta Atlas. Elsevier Health Sciences Germany.

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

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Synovial Bursa

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Synovial bursae provide a gliding surface and a cushion for soft tissues as they pass over skeletal prominences and are found over bone and under muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, or skin.

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