What is the epidemiology of trochanteric bursitis?

Updated: Apr 27, 2020
  • Author: Douglas D Dean, DO; Chief Editor: Ryan O Stephenson, DO  more...
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Trochanteric bursitis (ie, GTPS) is relatively common among physically active and sedentary patients. The prevalence of unilateral GTPS is 15.0% in women and 8.5% in men, and that of bilateral GTPS is 6.6% in women and 1.9% in men. [25] In a study by Lievense et al, the annual incidence of trochanteric pain in primary care was reported as being 1.8 per 1000 patients. [26]

Trochanteric bursitis can occur in adults of any age. Lievense et al found that trochanteric bursitis appeared to be much more common in females (80%) than in males. [26] No racial predilection has been reported.

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