91635 - Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies

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  • Teacher Alessandra Cassio

  • Credits 1

  • SSD MED/38

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

  • Course Timetable from Jun 15, 2022 to Jun 27, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to: a- Provide a theoretical basis of knowledge of the main fields of emergencies in pediatrics b- Acquire technical skills through interactive teaching of exemplary clinical cases that allow to recognize the therapeutic diagnostic paths related to more frequent emergency pathological conditions in developmental age. c- Quickly recognize and autonomously assess, even in terms of differential diagnosis, an urgency among the most frequent in the child population, d- Choose the instrumental and haematochemical investigations useful for the diagnosis and quantification of the seriousness of the disease in progress by interpreting the results, and- Decide the acute therapy (also applying ad hoc protocols), giving priority to the treatment of symptoms expressed by the impairment of the main vital parameters, f- Manage the small patient in the short term: for eventual referral to hospital `urgency (urgency on the territory) or, in the hospital setting to decide for discharge, OBI, hospitalization in wards of Emergency Pediatrics, Reanimation and / or Pediatric Specialists 5- Communicate with the parental couple and the little patient taking into account the psychological aspects- emotions of urgency.

Course contents

Characteristics of type I diabetes in childhood and adolescence. The pathophysiology of diabetic ketoacidosis and its treatment.

Thyrotoxicosis in neonatal and early childhood: clinical features, etipatogenesis and treatment of the acute initial phase.

Hereditary metabolic diseases: characteristics, etiopathogenesis and treatment of the phase of metabolic decompensation.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: classification, approach to the treatment of the initial phase of acute decompensation due to salt loss


Reviews on the topics indicated during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Presentation of clinical cases.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice questionnaire

The test involves a suitability

Teaching tools


Office hours

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