Module 8: Infections and Inflammation

This module of the Spine Surgery Education Programme addresses the different pathologies which can be encountered with infections and inflammation. It is one of nine Modules of the eccElearning Diploma in Spine Surgery.

It takes 2-3 months to complete with a study commitment of 7-9 hours per week.

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CME Credits: 39 CME Credits available

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases

Tuition language: English

Course Structure: The online lecture is in video format with English transcription, with pre and post learning assessment and additional learning materials.

Study Commitment: 7-9 hours study per week

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Editor: Mr Bronek Boszczyk

What you will cover in this Module

This Module addresses the different pathologies which can be encountered in infection and inflammation of the spine. Infections are categorised by the differentiating criteria of specific (tuberculosis) and non-specific infections. Indications for the different treatment modalities are discussed and the interdisciplinary character of this pathology is emphasised. A clear differentiation is made between the treatment of osteomyelitis of the spine and the epidural abscess.

Inflammatory disorders, specifically rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are presented with a focus of early rheumatological diagnosis and pharmacological treatment. The fully fledged deformity in late stage ankylosing spondylitis is alluded to but is dealt with more comprehensively in Module 4, Adult Deformity.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand biology and pathophysiology of inflammatory and infectious conditions of the spinal column.
  2. Enable appropriate etiology based imagining and laboratory work- up to establish case based differential diagnosis.
  3. Formulate appropriate evidence based medical and surgical management strategies for inflammatory and infectious disorders of the spinal column, including indication and techniques for urgent surgical intervention.

Target Groups

Spine Fellows

and trainees studying at fellowship level in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Orthopaedic and 
Neurosurgical Residents

who wish to deepen their specialist knowledge

Non surgical spine specialists

interested in expanding their spine knowledge

Module Editor

Bronek Boszczyk, PD Dr med
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham, UK
Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University
Deputy Editor, European Spine Journal

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Module 8 Infection, Inflammation and Metabolic Disease

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Module 6: Spine Trauma and Fractures

  • 13 Online Spine Lectures
  • 26 Pre- and Post-Learning Assessments
  • 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films
  • Downloadable References from European Spine Journal, Spine, Open Operating Theatre and more
  • 39 CME Credits
  • Module Examination
  • 4 Months Access – Expandable to 24 Months Access with subsequent Module purchases

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Module?

A: eccElearning Modules are in-depth surgical education courses focused on a specific area of expertise - for example, Spine Trauma or Spine Tumours. They are collections of 3-5 Knowledge Packages, so contain 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures and all materials associated with them, including narrated Lecture presentations, assessments, downloadable references, CME Credits and the Certificate Examination. You can work towards the full Spine Surgery Diploma by completing all the relevant Modules.

Q: What does a Module include?

A: Modules are made up of 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures relevant to the Module area. This means you get all online Lecture Presentations, downloadable references, pre- and post- learning assessments, CME Credits and the Module Examination. You will have access to all these materials for 4 months - if you buy subsequent Modules, access will extend up to a maximum of 24 Months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning courses?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: All our Modules have a final 1-hour Multiple-Choice Question Examination. The Examination is only able to be taken once all the Lecture Assessments for that Module have been completed successfully.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Module?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 4 Months, though typical completion time is 2-3 Months. If you buy subsequent Modules within this time, your access will be extended by a further 4 Months per Module, up to a maximum of 24 Months.

Q: Can I request an extension?

A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.

Q: Can I try before I buy?

A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture. 

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