Module 8: Infection, Inflammation and Metabolic Disease

Introductory Video by Module Editor Bronek Boszczyk MD

About this module

This module addresses the different pathologies which can be encountered. 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 ethology 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.

Module Structure

This Module consists of 18 online lectures, a Module Examination and a face to face Module Tutorial.

Specific Target Group

  1. Spine Fellows* - In Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services or independent spine services
  2. Practising spine surgeons - Independent or in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for a potential recertification
  3. Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical residents - Who want to expand their general knowledge
  4. Non-surgical spine specialists - Interested in expanding their spine knowledge
*Spine Fellow - An orthopaedic or neurological trainee at the end of their residency who intends to specialise in spine surgery and to practice as a specialist spine surgeon.

Additional information

 CME Credits: 39 CME credits available
 Main Subject: Infection, inflammation and metabolic disease
 Duration: The Module is available for 4 months from attending the first Lecture
 Tuition Language: Online content is in English, Tutorials can be presented in English or the local language
 Fees: Fees advised when enrolment opens
 Ref.ID: 8_boszczyk

Prerequisites:

Enrolment on the Post-graduate Spine Surgery Education Programme

Mode of Examination:

Each Lecture has a final, multiple choice question (MCQ) online Examination.  

At the completion of all the Module Lectures, a MCQ Module Examination is taken online, during attendance at a Module Tutorial. 

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International Editorial Board

[1] , , Max Aebi, MD, DHC, FRCSC
das Rückenzentrum Salem-Spital Hirslanden, Bern,
[29] , , Richard Assaker, MD, PhD
CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille
[32] , , Pedro Berjano, MD, PhD
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale II, Milan,
[34] , , Norbert Boos, MD
Prodorso Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenmedizin, Zürich,
[98] , , Bronek Boszczyk, MD
Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham,
[76] , , Marco Brayda-Bruno, MD
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale III - Scoliosi, Milan,
[65] , , Daniel Chopin, MD
CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille,
[97] , , Marcin Czyz, MD
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
[35] , , Mazda Farshad, MD
Uniklinik Balgrist, Zurich,
[27] , , Claudio Lamartina, MD
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale II, Milan,
[161] , , Frank J. Schwab, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York,
[19] , , Alberto Zerbi, MD
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, Milan,
[31] , , Ahmed Bilal Khalique, MD
Department of Orthopaedics, Foundation University Medical College/Fauji Foundation Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
[133] , , Carlotta Martini, MD, PhD
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, GSpine4, Milan, Italy
[168] , , Dino Samartzis, MD
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

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