Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pathology for Dental Students

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides an introduction to General Pathology, dealing with causes of disease, cell injury and cell adaptation, inflammation, ischaemia, thrombosis and carcinogenesis.

It also introduces the student to the common systemic clinical conditions of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, liver and joints and outlines the biochemical investigation of such diseases.

There is also an overview of haematological disorders and blood transfusion medicine.

Study-unit Aims:

To provide a foundation for understanding the pathogenesis of disease and the role of pathology in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Classify disease based on aetiology and pathogenesis;
2. Define specific pathological terms;
3. Outline the basic pathological processes underlying cell injury and cell adaptations;
4. Describe the pathological mechanisms in inflammation, ischaemia and neoplasia;
5. Discuss the pathogenesis of common medical conditions and their complications;
6. Explain the pathogenesis of common haematological disorders;
7. Describe the principles of providing blood transfusion;
8. Outline the use of common and basic biochemical tests utilised in diagnosing common medical conditions;
9. Describe the principles underlying common diagnostic laboratory tests;
10. Explain the problems in obtaining specimen material for clinical diagnosis;
11. Outline the problems encountered in laboratory processing that affect test results.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Interpret common symptoms and signs in terms of underlying pathology;
2. Identify risk factors for disease;
3. Apply pathological knowledge to the management of dental procedures in patients with common medical problems;
4. Correlate the use of simple diagnostic laboratory tests with clinical and morphological features of disease;
5. Manage common haematological disorders;
6. Order relevant diagnostic biochemical and haematological tests for diseases encountered in dental practice;
7. Order products from the blood transfusion service;
8. Manage dental procedures in immunocompromised patients;
9. Identify and distinguish between the clinical laboratory disciplines.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

1. Muir's Textbook of Pathology, Edited by DA Levison, R Reid, AD Burt, DJ Harrison and S Fleming. 14th Edition ISBN 9780340740620, Hodder Arnold, 2008.
2. General and Systematic Pathology, P Bass, S Burroughs, N Carr, C Way, 3rd Edition, Master Medicine, ISBN 9780080451299, Churchill Livingstone, 2009.

Worth looking at:
1. Robbins Basic Pathology, V Kumar, A K Abbas, JC Aster, 9th Edition, 2012, ISBN-10: 1437717810, ISBN-13: 978-1437717815, Saunders, 2012.
2. Pathology Illustrated, R Reid, F Roberts, 7th Edition, 2011, ISBN-10: 0702033766, ISBN-13: 978-0702033766 Churchill Livingstone.

Reference Text:
1. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, V Kumar, A K Abbas, JC Aster, N Fausto, 8e Edition, 2009, ISBN-10: 1416031219 ISBN-13: 978-1416031215, Saunders.
2. Various Internet Resources are available for pathology: See

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: First year Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, PAT1500

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%


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