Hip bursae

Hip bursae are synovial fluid-filled sacs around the hip joint and greater trochanter. Bursae often facilitate movement and reduce friction where tendons or muscles pass over bony structures. Hip bursae can be either communicating or non-communicating with the hip joint itself. Most are only evident on imaging if distended.  

Gross anatomy

Related pathology

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 64260
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hip bursal spaces
  • Bursae around the hip
  • Hip bursa

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