Scapulothoracic bursa

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 06 Apr 2022

Scapulothoracic bursae refer to a number of bursae that allow for the gliding movement of the scapulothoracic joint.

Two major bursae have been reliably described 1,3:

Four adventitial bursae have been described that are variably present 1,3:

  • two at the superomedial angle of the scapula, either superior and/or inferior to serratus anterior
  • inferior angle: between serratus anterior and the chest wall
  • scapulotrapezial/trapezoid: between medial spine of the scapula and trapezius muscle

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: scapulothoracic bursa - illustration
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