00768 - General Pathology

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

Good health and well-being Quality education Oceans Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the concept of disease, etiology and pathogenesis, the reversible and irreversible cell damage. The student knows the molecular and cellular bases of the acute and chronic inflammatory responses, of the reparative process and of the normal and pathological immune response; the student knows the etiopathogenesis of diseases of interest to the professional Orthopaedic Technician.

Course contents

Programme / Content

- Definition and aims of General Pathology. Concept of disease. Etiology and pathogenesis

- Cell adaptations: atrophy, hypertrophy, hyperplasia, metaplasia

- Reversible and irreversible cell damage

- Necrosis and apoptosis

- General pathology of microbial infections, focusing on periprosthetic orthopaedic infections

- Normal immune response: cells and molecules of the immune system, humoral and cellular defense against infectious diseases

- Acute inflammation. Etiology and signs, vascular phenomena and formation of the exudate, cellular phenomena, chemotaxis and phagocytosis

- Chronic Inflammation

- Reparative process

- An outline of: Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Diabetes


- Parola. Patologia Generale. Edises

- Pontieri, Elementi di Patologia Generale per i Corsi di Laurea in Professioni Sanitarie, 3a edizione, Piccin

- Poli-Columbano, Compendio di Patologia Generale e Fisiopatologia, Edizioni Minerva Medica

Teaching methods

Lectures and laboratory illustrations

Assessment methods

Written test

The written test will consist of 4-choice questions. Students will be asked 16 questions. For each question, only one answer will be correct. The test must be completed in 25 minutes. There will be no penalty for blank or wrong answers. Marks: by correctly answering all the questions the Student will achieve 30L; with one wrong answer: 30/30; with two wrong answers: 29/30; and so on.

All modules of the integrated course will contribute to the overall assessment and the final grade will correspond to the mathematical average of the marks obtained for each module.

Teaching tools

Projecting slides and photomicrographs. The teaching materials will be provided directly by the Teacher.

Office hours

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