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Approximately one month ago, as a result of mechanical trauma,

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Approximately one month ago, as a result of mechanical trauma, I experienced a sudden accumulation of what I imagine is joint fluid in my left elbow. There is no pain, but the pocket of fluid is persistent.

I should mention that I am a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, with a subspecialty in human and primate anatomy, but I am not familiar with this condition.

I have tried cold compresses, constant pressure, and now a tightly-wrapped "Ace" bandage, to try to reduce the swelling or perhaps even disperse the fluid.

Will this need to aspirated?
Hi--what exactly was the mechanical trauma? How large is the pocket of fluid?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Chip,


 


I struck my elbow against a projection on a wall.


 


The fluid accumulation is hemispherical, approximately 3 inches in diameter (rough circular in its dimensions) and at full extension of the elbow, approximately 1 inch in height.


 


At full flexion, it is not evident.

OK--it sounds as though you developed a bursitis that has lost it's inflammatory response but left you with the fluid accumulation. Not really serious and it will in time resolve, but if it's limiting your range of motion the fastest way to take care of it is to have it aspirated.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you, Dr. Chip.



I believe that I will allow this condition time to resolve itself.


 


Dr. Rick

My pleasure Rick--any time
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I grsatly appreciate your advice and help, Chip.

My pleasure sir