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Morphoclinical Diagnostics of Oral Pathologies

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:5.00
Study Course Accepted:15.04.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:MMK_021LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:MedicineTarget Audience:Dentistry
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Aldis Rozenblats
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Oral Medicine
The Head of Structural Unit:Ingrīda Čēma
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 20,, +371 67409136
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)5Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures10
Classes (count)10Class Length (academic hours)3Total Contact Hours of Classes30
Total Contact Hours40
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
1. Anatomy of oral cavity. 2. Normal and pathological physiology. 3. Medical biology. 4. Histology and pathological histology. 5. Microbiology. 6. Pharmacology. 7. Internal diseases.
To introduce students with functions of oro-facial system, its examination options, clinical laboratory and morphological diagnostic possibilities.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction to the basic principles of diagnostic process.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Primary and secondary element diseases' clinical and morphological manifestations in the mucosa of oral cavity.Classes1.00auditorium
3Sequence of clinical extra/intraoral investigation. Evaluation of lymph nodes. Blood pressure measurement. Methods of clinical investigation: palpation, percussion, auscultation; jaw joints (TML), gl. parotis; examination of nasal cavity and sinuses.Lectures1.00auditorium
4The patient's complaints and their analysis. The patient's medical history: the principles and conditions of the interview, collection and organization of the information. Medical history. Working diagnosis, the final diagnosis.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Clinical and laboratory additional examination methods, usage of their data in diagnostics of oral mucosa diseases.Lectures1.00auditorium
6The planning process of the treatment.Classes1.00auditorium
7Forensic dentistry and its use in person identification.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Oral cavity anatomy and histological characteristics.Classes1.00auditorium
9Disorders and morphology of the lymphoid tissue in oral and maxillo-facial region.Classes1.00auditorium
10Morphological examination methods: cytology and pathological histology. Material collection and preparation.Classes1.00auditorium
11Cysts of the oral cavity and jaw.Classes1.00auditorium
12Salivary gland pathologies.Classes1.00auditorium
13Odontogenic and non-odontogenic tumors of the maxillo-facial region.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
1) Recognition of cytological and morphological pictures (studies of atlases); 2) Acquisition of lecture material.
Assessment Criteria:
1) student participation in classes; 2) discussions about the lecture material; 3) correct extra-and intraoral investigation; 4) ability to analyse pathological changes in laboratory tests; 5) recognition of cytological and morphological pictures of the disease.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:After successful completion of the course the students will have acquired basic knowledge that will be needed for diagnosis of pathological changes in the oral cavity, including other diseases and manifestations of concomitant diseases. Students will be capable to make morphological diagnosis, interpret pathological laboratory data, they will know the proper sequence of investigation and will be able to plan treatment. Students will know the investigation methods in forensic dentistry and their use in identification of a person.
Skills:Students will be able to diagnose and differentiate between primary and secondary disease elements, read the data of the blood and biochemical analysis, recognize the changes of physiological processes in the development of oral pathology.
Competencies:After completion of the course the students will be able to begin professional diagnostics of oral disorders, associating it with a comprehensive in-depth treatment plan based on the assessment of general health of the patient.
Required Reading
1C. Michael Bowers ”Forensic dental evidence: An Investigator's handbook”, Elsevier, 2011
2C. Scully „ Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine. The Basis of Diagnosis and Treatment”, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2008
3R. Cawson, W.H. Binnie, A.B. Barrett „Oral Disease. Clinical and Pathological correlations” Mosby, 2001
Additional Reading
1Ch. Squier, Kim A. Brodgen „Human oral mucosa”, Willey-Blackwell, 2011
2James R. Hupp., Thomas P. Williams., F. John Firriolo „Dental clinical advisor”, Mosby, 2006
3N. K. Wood, "Review of diagnosis, oral medicine, radiology and treatment planning", Mosby, 1996
Other Information Sources
1Journals - Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodonty