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Chemical Bursitis

Chemical bursitis is caused by substances formed as a result of inflammatory or degenerative conditions of tendons and should be treated by a doctor at an early stage. The signs and symptoms will resemble those described above. The doctor may initially drain the bursa and inject it with steroids, but if the symptoms persist, surgical excision will become necessary.

Chemical bursitis is generally diagnosed in athletes over 30 years old who have been involved in racket or throwing sports for a number of years. It frequently affects the bursa overlying the supraspinatus tendon in the shoulder and may be associated with calcium deposits from the tendon  draining into the bursa (calcific bursitis). In some cases, the bursitis can be secondary and initiate ‘pseudogout’.

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