84313 - Semeiotics of the Chest

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 9210)

Learning outcomes

Describe the basic elements of the physical examination and instrument-assisted evaluation, and recognize normal results.

Course contents

General approach to physical exam

  • Observation and inspection
  • Palpation
  • Percussion
  • Auscultation

Proper adjustment of patient attire during physical examination

Measuring vital signs

General symptoms and signs

Respiratory exam

  • Inspection and palpation
  • Percussion and auscultation
  • Physical examination in lung diseases

Cardiac exam

  • Inspection and palpation
  • Auscultation
  • Abnormal heart sounds


Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking 12th Edition

Teaching methods

Interactive lectures with support of slides and videos (Jove Platform).

Assessment methods

Written test.

Office hours

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