20676 - Cutaneous and Venereal Diseases (LZ-A)

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  • Teacher Emi Dika

  • Credits 3

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

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

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Mar 02, 2023 to May 25, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to diagnose and treat the most common dermatlogical disorders of different etiology, including: inflammatory, infective, parasitic, neolastic and sessually transmitted diseases.

Course contents

Course contents

Anatomy and physiology of the skin

Recognize skin signs and the elementary, primary and secondary lesions of skin and mucous membranes.

Perform dermatological physical examination.

Indicate the conditions in which it is useful or necessary to prescribe a specialist dermatological advice.

Briefly describe the technical modalities for performing a skin biopsy.

Infectious diseases of dermatological interest

Recognize or at least suspect the diagnosis and describe the clinical manifestations of the main skin and adnexal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites (erysipelas, impetigo, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, warts, molluscum contagiosum, tinea capitis, tinea corporis, onychomycosis, candidiasis , pityriasis versicolor, scabies, pediculosis).

Set up a microscopic preparation to search for mites and fungi.

Toxic-allergic dermatosis

Recognize the symptoms of urticaria-angioedema syndromes, interpret their pathogenesis, research their causes.

Recognize or at least suspect the skin signs of toxic or allergic infections to drugs and prescribe tests and therapy. Classify purpuras in relation to their pathogenesis.

Autoimmune diseases

Recognize the clinical features of connective tissue diseases (lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, morphea, scleroderma).

Recognize the clinical pictures and indicate the most frequent causes of autoimmune bullous diseases (pemphigus, bullous pemphigoid, herpetiform dermatitis).

Perform a microscopic preparation for cytological examination.

Inflammatory dermatoses

Recognize the clinical manifestations of acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia.

Define lichen planus.

Describe in depth the clinical pictures, the evolution, prognosis and therapy of psoriasis.

Allergic dermatoses

Describe the main features of: irritative contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis. Provide indications for drug prescriptions and describe how to perform, read and interpret diagnostic skin tests for skin allergy.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Describe the main clinical features of syphilis and gonorrhea, recognize patients to be sent for specialist treatment.

Classify the causes of urethritis, balanoposthitis and proctitis and recognize the clinical signs, indicate the best treatment.

Describe how to perform skin swabs.

Carry out counseling for sexually transmitted diseases

Skin cancers

Classify, recognize or at least suspect elementary lesions referable to benign and precancerous tumors.

Describe epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, natural history, morphological pictures and staging of nevi and melanoma.

Perform dermatoscopy

Indicate the preferential surgical therapeutic approaches for the different types of skin tumors and describe the modalities of surgical excision of lesions.


Guida pratica di dermatologia e venereologia di Claudio Feliciani et al. Piccin Editore

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

Teaching methods

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons will be conducted in a classroom equipped with multimedia equipment, with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format. Students will be provided with an electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons. Frequency in the Dermatological Unit.

Assessment methods

The examination test is orally administrated and consists of one or more questions on the program for each of the three subjects (Infectious Diseases, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery). The number of questions may vary according to the level of preparation and in-depth study of the subject highlighted by the student in the answers.

The oral exam is the only one that contributes to the determination of the final grade. This test is linked to assessing the achievement of the educational objectives, through the verification of the acquisition of a subset of the teaching objectives.

The role of class attendance in the learning process is essential as the explanation and vision of clinical images can only be partially substituted by the study of textbooks alone.

The test does not include any documents to be delivered before the exam date.

The test involves a vote. To pass the exam, the student must obtain a pass (18/30) in each of the three subjects and the final vote expressed out of thirty is the average of the three marks.

The test is mainly referred to the verification of knowledge (of the preparation on the topics).

Instruments such as calculation aids, vocabularies, codes are not allowed during the tests

Registration for the exam takes place through AlmaEsami in specific opening periods shown on the teachers’ web pages.

Teaching tools

Teaching tools

Theoretical lessons will be conducted in a classroom equipped with multimedia equipment, with the main use of slides in PowerPoint format. Students will be provided with an electronic version of the slides presented during the lessons.

Office hours

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