Spine Trauma Knowledge Package

Fractures of the Upper Cervical Spine

This spine surgery course focuses on fractures of the upper cervical spine. This spine surgery course is one of 4 knowledge packages in the Spine Trauma Specialist Certificate series.

Price: €129

CME Credits: 15 CME credits available

Duration: 12 Months

Tuition language: English

Course Structure:  5 online lectures in video format with English transcription, with pre and post learning assessments and additional learning materials.


Lecturers: Max Aebi, Alberto Zerbi, Zdenek Klezl, and Luiz Vialle

About this Knowledge Package

This knowledge package focuses on trauma to the upper cervical spine. This course is one of 4 knowledge packages in the Spine Trauma series.

It covers the epidemiology, pathomechanics, neurology, clinical presentation, imaging, classification, conservative and specific surgical treatment of trauma to the upper cervical spine.

It provides in-depth learning materials for your continuing medical education.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the anatomy of the upper cervical spine and the clinical instabilities associated with trauma
  2. Understand the role of imaging technologies appropriate to trauma of the occipito-cervical junction
  3. Understand the classification terminology used in the evaluation of upper cervical spine fractures
  4. Understand the features, classification and surgical treatment options of upper cervical spine injuries
  5. Understand the epidemiology, pathomechanics and neurodeficit associated with spine injuries, including spinal cord injury

Target Groups

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Specialist Non-surgeon Medical Professionals

engaged in the management of spinal trauma patients

Lectures included in this Knowledge Package

Upper CS: Instability and Specific Anatomical Structures

This lecture deals with the complex anatomy of the upper cervical spine. The important bony details and the ligaments involved in stability are described, and the accurate anatomical representation is presented. Clinical instabilities in the upper cervical spine are discussed in three separate parts: C0 to C1, C1 ligamentous and bony, and C2 bony. Finally, all the relevant classifications of this complex region are provided, with references to the text and historical literature.

Imaging of the Occipito-Cervical Junction Trauma

This lecture covers the imaging of the craniovertebral junction in trauma cases, beginning with a brief outline of the anatomy of this complex region and its major landmarks, and the role of X-rays. The clinical measurements and relative ratios are explained with the help of marking on the X-rays and diagrams. The role of CT and MRI in trauma is explained in detail. Finally, the important classifications and patterns routinely used in the emergency setting are included with representative images.

Classification of Upper Cervical Spine Trauma

This lecture covers upper cervical trauma. A brief summary of anatomical facts is given, along with basic epidemiological facts about this region. As this is a complex region, no single classification system is adequate for management. The classifications which are used in this region are discussed with reference to the original literature and their evolution with time and better understanding of the biomechanical facts. These concepts are illustrated using detailed diagrams and real trauma films.

The Treatment of Upper Cervical Spine Injuries

The lecture advances through a list of several different types of upper cervical spine injuries, covering their features, classifications and surgical treatment options. These include occipital condyle fractures, atlanto-occipital dislocation, Jefferson fracture, odontoid fracture, atlanto-axial instability and C2 traumatic spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. They are illustrated with the help of clinical cases, X-ray images and diagrams.

Epidemiology, Pathomechanics and Neurodeficit in Spine Injuries

In this lecture, we will discuss the frequency, levels affected, and causes of spinal injuries according to the available literature. It is interesting to learn if social or economic status influences the epidemiology. The pathomorphology is addressed here, explaining the influence of different vectors and axes in producing different injuries, allowing the reader to understand the multiple bone deformities after trauma. Finally, the mechanisms and types of Spinal Cord Injury are discussed, highlighting the importance of an adequate neurological evaluation.

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Spine Trauma Knowledge Package

The Upper Cervical Spine

  • 15 CME Credits
  • 12 Months Access
  • 5 online video lectures
  • Pre and post learning assessments
  • additional learning materials.

Price: €129

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Knowledge Package, and who are they for?

A: Knowledge Packages are bundles of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. Each Lecture includes the Lecture Presentation, Additional Learning Resources, Pre-Learning Quiz and Lecture Assessment. Each Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts from 20-45 minutes. The Lectures contain relevant additional learning resources (book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.), which are presented in context and viewable immediately for your convenience.

Knowledge Packages are typically for Spine Fellows, Residents and experienced Spine Surgeons. Some Knowledge Packages are beneficial for other Medical or Non-Surgical Professionals, such as Radiologists or Physiotherapists.

Knowledge Packages make up our Specialist Certificates, and Specialist Certificates make up our full Spine Surgery Diploma. Students can therefore work their way towards full qualifications in Spine Surgery in affordable chunks. Alternatively, Knowledge Packages are a great way for experienced Spine Surgeons to augment their knowledge with the most up-to-date education in specific spine topics.

Q: What does a Knowledge Package include?

A: Each Knowledge Package is a bundle of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. They contain all relevant Lecture Presentations, compulsory downloadable reference material (such as journal articles and book chapters), pre- and post- learning assessments and CME Credits. You will have access to all these materials for 12 months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning Lectures and Packages?

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: There is no final exam for Knowledge Packages. However, if you purchase all Knowledge Packages within a Specialist Certificate, you will need to complete a 1-hour multiple-choice question Examination to be awarded that Specialist Certificate.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Knowledge Package?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 12 Months to complete a Knowledge Package. However, a Knowledge Package is typically completed successfully by students within 2-3 weeks of starting.

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 www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?

A: Candidates may apply for a full or partial refund within 14 days of a purchase. A refund will only be granted if there has been no significant activity on the respective content by the candidate. Applications for refunds may be sent via the contact form.