Scapulothoracic Bursitis and Snapping Scapula Syndrome

  title={Scapulothoracic Bursitis and Snapping Scapula Syndrome},
  author={Ryan J. Warth and Ulrich Josef Albert Spiegl and Peter J. Millett},
  journal={The American Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={236 - 245}
Background: Symptomatic scapulothoracic disorders, such as painful scapular crepitus and/or bursitis, are uncommon; however, they can produce significant pain and disability in many patients. [] Key Method Methods: We performed a preliminary search of the PubMed and Embase databases using the search terms “snapping scapula,” “scapulothoracic bursitis,” “partial scapulectomy,” and “superomedial angle resection” in September 2013.

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