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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4065306, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1932, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEUROSURGERY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge DOMENICO D'AVELLA MED/27

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines MED/27 Neurosurgery 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 D'AVELLA DOMENICO (Presidente)
ANTONINI ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiopathology of the Central Nervous System
Target skills and knowledge: The student will have to know in great detail the clinic of neurological diseases susceptible to surgical therapy, the diagnostic iterative and the surgical indication suitable for the specific situation showing that he knows the aims of the intervention and possibly proposes alternative approaches to the intervention same. Finally, he will have to outline the conditions that require physical and psychological rehabilitation, to indicate the best time to start, to know the theoretical bases and the pathophysiological mechanisms of action, to remember the great human utility and its relapse on the life of the disease by the patient.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test on 5 multiple choice questions. Allotted time 60’.
Assessment criteria: The student's assessment will be based on the understanding of the topics during the frontal lessons.
Course unit contents: Endocrine hypertension. Definition of Intracranial System. Concept of "intracranial compliance" Concept of "cerebral self-regulation" Endocranial hypertension "Brain padding" and "Cerebral death" Therapy.
Cranio-brain traumas. "Open" and "closed" cranial traumas - cerebral emotion. Evaluation of post-traumatic neurological status. Coma state. Assistance and treatment of "severe" cranial trauma. Early complications of cranial trauma (hematomas, etc.). Late complications (hydrocephalus, epilepsy, etc.).
Cerebrovascular diseases of neurosurgical interest. Subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracranial aneurysms. Arteriovenous malformations. Angiomas cavernous. Primary intracerebral hemorrhages.
Neoplastic Pathology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System. Benign intracranial tumors (diagnosis and pathological anatomy). Primitive and secondary malignant intracranial tumors (pathological diagnosis and anatomy). The surgical treatment of intracranial neoplasms (including the prospects offered by the use of new technologies). Notes on complementary therapies (radiant, chemotherapeutic, genetic).
Expanding pathology of the diencephalo-pituitary region (pituitary adenoma and other non-neoplastic pathology). Anatomy and physiology of the diencephalo-pituitary region. Hypophysic adenomas and transgenic approach. Other neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathologies. Psychological neurological syndromes of this region. Benign endocranial hypertension and "empty saddle".
Neurosurgery of the Peripheral Nervous System.
Hydrocephalus. The genesis of various types of hydrocephalus and their treatment. The circulation of liquor. The obstructive hydrocephalus. The hydrocephalus is normal. The child's hydrocephalus
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, neurophysopathology laboratory, observation of surgical procedures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Papers on topics in frontal lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • live surgeries

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