Prevalence of subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis in shoulder pain: an ultrasonographic study

Ferdinando Draghi, Luigia Scudeller, Anna Guja Draghi, Chandra Bortolotto

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Purpose: The presence of the subacromial-subdeltoid (SASD) bursa inflammation has recently been proposed as a primary radiologic factor predicting persistent limitation and pain in operated patients. The aim of the study was to verify the hypothesis that pain, or increased shoulder pain, could be associated with SASD bursitis not only in operated patients but also in general population.Methods: A consecutive series of 1940 shoulder ultrasound examinations were performed by our Department over a 5-year period using linear multi-frequency probes. All reports of examination executed for shoulder pain were reviewed. The video clips were independently reviewed by two radiologists: effusion in the SASD bursa and the presence of other pathological conditions were evaluated and confirmed.Results: A total of 1147 shoulder video clips were re-evaluated, and 1587 pathologies were detected; 65.5 % of patients had only one pathology, 30.4 % had two and 4.1 % presented three pathologies. The difference between the group with and without effusion is statistically significant for acromioclavicular joint arthritis, supraspinatus tendon calcific tendinopathy, full-thickness and superficial tear of the supraspinatus, traumas and rheumatoid arthritis with a p value

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Bursal inflammation
  • Shoulder pain
  • Subacromion-subdeltoid bursa
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Internal Medicine


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