2017-2018 / SBIM0431-1

Diseases of the digestive tract and food allergies/intolerances. Pediatric and adult aspects


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in biomedicine (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Jean Delwaide, Edouard Louis, Vincent Rigo

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Nutritional aspects in neonatology Part 1: general concepts

  • Scope the course and neonatal specificities
  • Preparation to birth of the digestive tract
Part 2: Enteral feeding of the normal term newborn

  • Importance of nutrition during early life and nutritional needs of the term newborn
  • Breastfeeding
Part 3: Selected pathologies of the digestive tract in newborn

  • Developmental abnormalities affecting enteral feeding
  • Cystic fibrosis in the neonatal period
Additional information: overview on parenteral nutrition in neonatology
Course on irritable bowel syndrome and nutrition.
Course on pathophysiology of cirrhosis.
Course on epidemiology, pathophysiology and natural history of inflammatory bowel diseases and celiac disease.
Course on food allergy.
Course on pathophysiology of chronic pancreatitis.
Course on pathophysiology of bariatric surgery and its complications.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course allows the knowledge of:

  • Fundamentals in normal and abnormal development of the digestive tract
  • Principles of neonatal nutrition in normal et pathologic conditions
  • Basic physiopathology and treatment of current diseases of the digestive tract in the newborn infant
Knowledge on pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome, of cirrhosis, of inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease, of food allergy, of chronic pancreatitis, of bariatric surgery.
Knowledge on natural history of irritable bowel syndrome, of cirrhosis, of inflammatory bowel disease and coeliac disease, of food allergy, of chronic pancreatitis, of bariatric surgery.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Anatomy and physiology of gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra course.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Slideshows available for students

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam with open questions on the topics of the ex cathedra course and the corresponding slide show. For more information: www.facmed.ulg.ac.be/examens

Work placement(s)

No work placements foreseen

Organizational remarks


Jean Delwaide
Edouard Louis
Masendu Kalenga