Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 7: Cerebrovascular disease, trauma and coma

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You will be learning about some acute neurological conditions, namely coma, trauma and cerebrovascular disorders. All of these are extremely common conditions in neurological practice; hopefully you will find yourself better equipped to deal with them once you have worked through this Unit. We will start by going over some principles of anatomy and physiology relevant to both of these disorders and then consider the epidemiology, clinical features and management of each of these in turn.


This Unit contains 48 hours of study, divided into the following sections:

  Study hours
1. Basic science 7.5 hours
2. Arterial Ischaemic Stroke  
Part I: Aetiology and diagnosis 4.5 hours
Part II: Investigation and management 4.5 hours
3. Cerebral venous thrombosis 3 hours
4. Perinatal stroke 3 hours
5. Intracranial haemorrhage and vascular malformations 3 hours
6. Physiology and clinical assessment 9 hours
7. Inflicted traumatic brain injury 4.5 hours
8. Traumatic brain injury 4.5 hours
9. Rehabilitation after acquired brain injury 4.5 hours
Total study hours = 48 hours

You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in about 3 months. When you complete the unit, please send it to us and we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

The Cerebrovascular disease, trauma and coma Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • Specialist Paediatric Neurology trainees
  • Consultant Paediatricians
  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologists to update themselves as part of their continuing professional development


The course is delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your chosen unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website. You will need access to the case notes of:

  • a child who had treatment for an intracranial vascular malformation
  • an infant with diagnosis of NAHI
  • a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) over 2 years ago

You will also need access to a few textbooks, which should be available to borrow from your local paediatric neurology department or medical library.

What do students say are the best things about this unit?

  • “Really of help in every day practice” (Saudi Arabia)
  • “Stroke stuff” (UK)


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £325 
  • Low & middle income countries = £107


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