20676 - Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases

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  • Teacher Emi Dika

  • Credits 3

  • SSD MED/35

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in School of Dentistry (cod. 8204)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Mar 09, 2023 to May 18, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the students a preparation that allows them to diagnose various pathologies of the oral and skin mucosa, discussing   the etiology, pathogenesis and clinic features of the major dermatological diseases of dental interest. The students should be able to deal with any dental procedure in relation to dermatological diseases in full autonomy.

Course contents

Introduction to dermatology

  • General principles
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin, semimucose and oral mucosa
  • Recognize primary, secondary and secondary mucous and skin signs and lesions.
  • How to perform dermatological examination.  
  • A brief desciption of the technical modalities for performing a skin biopsy

Infectious Diseases of Dermatological Interest

  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment of infectious dermatitis
  • How to recognize and describe the clinical manifestations of major infections from bacteria, viruses, mycoses and parasites
  • Tips for performing a microscopic preparation for the detection of mycetes and yeasts.

Toxic and allergic dermatitis

  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases on a toxic-allergic basis
  • Recognize the symptoms of urticaria-angioedema syndromes, interpret the pathogenesis, and find out the causes.
  • Recognize or at least suspect skin signs of toxic or allergic infections to drugs and prescribe therapy.

Autoimmune Diseases

  • Clinical diagnosis and therapy of connective tissue and bumpy dermatitis
  • Recognize the clinical picture and indicate the most common causes of autoimmune bullous diseases (pemphigo, bullous pemphigoid, erpetiform dermatitis)
  • Tips for the preparation of a microscopic preparation for a cytological examination

Inflammatory Dermatitis

  • Clinical diagnosis and therapy of inflammatory dermatitis
  • Recognize clinical manifestations of lichen planus, perioral dermatitis and cheilitis and dermatological diseases with oral cavity involvement

Allergic Dermatitis

  • Clinical diagnosis and therapy of allergic dermatitis Describe the salient features of: irritable contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis
  • Provide guidelines for the prescriptions and describe how to perform, read and interpret the diagnostic skin tests

Oral mucosal cancer

  • clinical, diagnosis and therapy
  • Classify, recognize, features of benign and precancerous tumors.
  • Classify and define oral melanoma.
  • Describe generality, epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, natural history, morphological characteristics , and melanoma staging.
  • The role of  dermatoscopy.
  • Indicate surgical therapeutic approaches for different types of skin cancers




Guida pratica di dermatologia e venereologia di Claudio Feliciani Piccin Editore

Dermatologia e malattie sessualmente trasmissibili 3/Ed. Pippione - Minerva Medica

Teaching methods

Lectures will be conducted with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format. Students are provided with the electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons.
Practical attendance at the Dermatology Operative Unit


Assessment methods

The exam is oral and consists of one or more questions on the program for each of the three subjects (Infectious Diseases, Dermatology and public hygiene). The student must pass each of the three subjects and the final grade is the average of the three assessments.
The purpose of the oral exam is to verify the student's ability to apply his or her knowledge and to make the necessary logical-deductive connections. The number of questions may vary according to the student's level of preparation in the answers. The exam evaluates the achievement of the main objectives:
Know the diagnostic-clinical process of the main dermatological pathologies
Know the main notions of dermatological instrumental diagnostics
Know the construction principles of the instruments of the Histopathology and Ultrastructural Diagnostics Laboratory
Know the main topical and systemic therapies of the dermatological pathologies covered by the course
Gradation of the final grade:
→ 18-19: Preparation on a very limited number of topics and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expressed in an overall correct language;
→ 20-24: Preparation on a limited number of topics and autonomous analysis skills on purely executive matters, expression in correct language;
→ 25-29: Preparation on a large number of topics and ability to make independent choices with critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology;
→ 30-30L: Basically exhaustive preparation on the topics and ability to make autonomous choices with critical analysis, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue, logical connections and self-reflection.


Teaching tools

Lectures will be conducted with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format.

Students are provided with the electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons.

Practical attendance at the Dermatology Operative Unit

Office hours

See the website of Emi Dika