Calcific Bursitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 4/12/2021

Calcific bursitis is the deposition of calcium within any of the bursae of the body. A bursa is a thin fluid-filled sac that reduces friction forces between tissues of the body. Calcific bursitis occurs most commonly at the shoulder (in the bursa adjacent to the rotator cuff tendons) or hip.

Calcific bursitis may not produce any symptoms, particularly if the inflammation has resolved. Signs and symptoms of calcific bursitis, when they do occur, can include

  • pain in the area of a joint during rest,
  • tenderness on palpation,
  • stiffness (reducing joint range of motion), or
  • swelling.

Cause of calcific bursitis

The cause of calcific bursitis is chronic (repeated or long-standing) inflammation of the bursa, known as bursitis. Joint injury and chronic diseases of the joints increase the risk of developing calcific bursitis.

Other calcific bursitis symptoms and signs

  • Pain in the Area of a Joint During Rest
  • Stiffness (Reducing Joint Range of Motion)
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness on Palpation


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.