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Bursitis is pain and swelling of the bursae, which are sacs of fluid that help the joints move smoothly. Olecranon bursitis is a type of bursitis that affects the back of the elbow. This is sometimes called Popeye elbow, because the bump that develops looks like the cartoon character Popeye's elbow.
Injury, overuse, or prolonged pressure on the elbow can cause this form of bursitis. Sometimes it happens when people have arthritis. It also can occur for unknown reasons.
Treatment may include draining fluid from the bursa with a needle. If your doctor thought there was infection, he or she may have prescribed antibiotics. Your child also may get shots of medicine into the bursa to help the swelling go down. The elbow should get better in a few days or weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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