cod. 06030

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Patologia generale (MED/04)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The objectives of the General Pathology course are to enable the acquisition of knowledge and understanding the mechanism of proliferation and cell death and their alteration in the biology of tumours, the pathogenesis of some human genetic and metabolic diseases with their related essential notions of semeiotic and medical terminology, the mechanism of innate and specific immune system, the pathogenesis of the main immunopathologic diseases.


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Course unit content

Notions of ethiology and pathology. General alteration of growth and death, cellular and molecular and cellular oncology. Genetic and metabolic diseases and general physiopathology.
Blood and hematopoiesis and components of innate and acquired immune system. General features of acute and chronic inflammation and immunopathology.

Full programme

Cellular Pathology and Physiopathology
Cellular alterations of growth and differentiation. Necrosis and apoptosis. Atrophy, hypertrophy, hyperplasia, metaplasia, dysplasia.
Definition, nomenclature, and biological properties of benign and malignant neoplasms. Molecular basis of cancer. Metastatic dissemination.
Blood and Hematopoiesis. Stem cells. Leukemia and lymphoma. Anemias. Transmission patterns of single-gene disorders. Examples of genetic disease. Chromosomal alterations.
Atherosclerosis, trombosis, angina and myocardial infarction.
General features of acute and chronic inflammation Vascular changes, cellular events and chemical mediators. Inflammatory exudate and systemic effects. Fever and hyperthermia. Chronic inflammation: classification, cytological features and granuloma. Tissue repair.
Diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis.
Innate immunity. Acquired immunity. The structural and functional aspects of Antibodies. T and B lymphocytes and their receptors. The Major Histocompatibility System (MHC). Activation of B and T lymphocytes. Vaccinations. Hypersensitivity. Transplantation. Immunodeficiency


Parola M. “Patologia Generale” EDISES
Pontieri G.M. “Elementi di Patologia Generale” PICCIN
Pontieri G.M. Patologia generale e Fisiopatologia generale. PICCIN

-V. Del Gobbo "Immunologia per le lauree sanitarie" PICCIN

Teaching methods

The topics in the program will be presented and discussed through lectures trying to involve the student so that it can be an active part of the lesson. In particular, the teacher takes lessons in the classroom with the help of PC (Powerpoint slides) The teacher is available for further explanations in the office or by distance via Teams after an e-mail appointment, or via chat on the Elly platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning outcomes will be verified through an oral examination. Questions on the topics relating to the course will be used to test the knowledge and understanding of the student in the scientific discipline, and her/his ability to apply such knowledge and understanding in occupational contexts. Using the knowledge also acquired in other courses the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the etiopathogenetic mechanisms of human diseases with their related essential notions of semeiotic and medical terminology.
Students with Specific Learning Disorders must contact the University Reception and Inclusion Centre in advance (

Other information

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