03594 - Gastroenterology (LZ-B)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows: pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical course, diagnostic workup and therapeutic strategies of the main diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small and large intestine, liver and biliary tree.

Course contents

Nutrition, malnutrition and obesity

Digestive bleedings

Gut microbiota

Intestinal obstruction

Liver diseases

Hepatic function and mechanisms of acute and chronic liver damage

Natural history of hepatic diseases

Acute hepatic failure

Diagnosis of liver diseases

Alcoholic liver disease

Non alcoholic fatty liver disease

Autoimmune liver diseases

Drug and toxic liver diseases

Liver cirrhosis and its complications (portal hypertension, coagulopathy, ascites, hepatorenal syndrome, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatic encephalopathy)

Liver tumors

Liver transpant

Biliary and pancreatic diseases

Jaundice and cholestasis

Chronic cholestatic diseases

Biliary diseases (gallstone disease, disease of the Oddi sphincter)

Biliary tract tumors

Pathophysology of pancreatic secretion

Acute and chronic pancreatitis

Pancreatic tumors

Neuroendocrine tumors

Diseases of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum

Pathophysiology of esophageal diseases

Esophageal motor disfunctions

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Esophageal tumors

Pathophysiology of gastric secretion

Helicobacter Pylory infection and related diseases

Acute and chronic gastritis

Gastric tumors

Functional gastrointestinal diseases


Irrtitable bowel syndrome

Chronic constipation

Diarroea, malabsorption and colonic diseases

Pathophysiology of intestinal absorption

Acute and chronic diarroea

Celiac disease

Food allergy and intollerance

Diverticular disease

Colo-rectal cancer

Inflammatory bowel diseases

Crohn disease

Ulcerative colitis

Microscopic colitis


UNIGASTRO manual, EGI editor, Rome

Teaching methods

Lessons are performed by two different teachers for a total of 3 CFU

Assessment methods

The assessment method is represented by an oral examination aimed at evaluating that the student has reached the teaching objectives, in particular the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up  and general therapeutic strategy of gastrointestinal diseases

Teaching tools

The teaching material is represented by a text (Manuale UNIGASTRO, a book written by all the italian teachers of gastroenterology) and by the discussed slides, which are available for the student  at the end of each lesson

Office hours

See the website of Davide Festi