Neurophysiological Assessment of the Degenerative Cervical Spine

This spine surgery lecture is about the neurophysiological assessment of degenerative cervical spine disorders. The author describes the role of MEPs, SSEP and EMG in diagnosis, prognosis, localisation, and the limitations of each modality.

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Lecturer: Fahed Zairi, MD


  • Online Lecture Presentation
  • Pre- and Post- Learning Assessments
  • Additional Learning Materials (Standard Package only)
  • Up to 3 CME Credits

Ref.ID: 2_5_zairi

DOI: 10.28962/01.3.026

What you will cover in this lecture

This spine surgery lecture describes the neurophysiological assessment tools available for the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative disorders of the cervical spine.

The role of each neurophysiological study is discussed in detail regarding their procedure, objectivity, diagnosis, localisaton, prognostic value and limitations. The role of MEP in diagnosing myelopathy is described, and the precautions to be taken when using this modality are highlighted.

The role of SSEP in detecting severe myelopathy is highlighted. There is a description of the various waveforms encountered while performing this study and how to interpret the data.

Finally, EMG is discussed in light of its role to rule out differential diagnosis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Concept of neurophysiological assessment
  2. Indications and limitations of SSEPs and MEPS
  3. Basics of EMG

Target Groups

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

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Dr Fahed Zairi - Spine Surgery Faculty - eccElearning

Fahed Zairi, MD

  • Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Center Lille

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Lecture Presentation

Neurophysiological Assessment


  • Online Lecture Presentation
  • Pre- and Post- Learning Assessments
  • Additional Learning Materials (Standard Package only)
  • Up to 3 CME Credits

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