Dermatology Director:AKIYAMA, Masashi (Professor)

All skin problems are within our field

All the symptoms and changes on the skin fall within the domain of dermatologists. Even if such symptoms or changes are the result of systemic diseases, our department will treat them as long as they are on the skin.

Medical Care System

General outpatient clinic: Monday through Friday
Skin tumor outpatient clinic: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Collagen disorder outpatient clinic: Monday
Outpatient clinic for ichthyosis and inherited dyskeratosis: Wednesday
Pigmentation disorder outpatient clinic: Thursday
(All these indications are for the first visit.)

Target Diseases

Skin cancers (e.g., malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, Paget’s disease), benign skin tumors, collagen disorders (e.g., lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome), genetic skin diseases (e.g., dyskeratosis, ichthyosis, epidermo lysis bullosa and pigmentation disorder), atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and other skin diseases.

Strong Fields

Diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers and benign tumors, skin surgery, skin cancer metastasis testing with sentinel lymph node biopsy, diagnosis and treatment of collagen disorders, genetic testing of avariety of genetic skin diseases, and Detection of pathogenic factors of atopic dermatitis (filaggrin g ene mutations), pustular psoriasis (IL36RN g ene mutation), pigmentary disorders (dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria, reticulate acropigmentation of Kitamura, etc.) and restrictive dermopathy.

Clinical Results

We operated on 450 skin tumor cases per year. Of all the cases, skin cancer accounted for 180 (50 malignant melanoma, 42 squamous cell carcinoma and 44 basal cell carcinoma cases). The cumulative number of cases tested with sentinel lymph node biopsy is 200. Currently, the department has more than 200 outpatients suffering collagen disorders, such as lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis and scleroderma. The cumulative number of genetic tests conducted on patients with severe genetic skin diseases is 300.

Specialized Outpatient Clinic

Skin tumor, skin surgery, collagen disorder, ichthyosis and inherited dyskeratosis, genetic pigmentation disorder and general dermatology.

Advanced Medicine and Research

Sentinel lymph node biopsy for the detection of lymph node metastases of malignant skin tumors (dye, RI and fluorescence methods in c ombination); tailor-made care of atopic dermatitis by detection of filaggrin gene mutations; research on the roles of various autoantibodies in the onset of collagen disorders; development of assay kits for diagnostic autoantibodies; and genetic testing and prenatal diagnosis for severe genetic skin diseases, such as ichthyosis, epidermolysis bullosa, pigmentation disorders and oculocutaneous albinism.