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Genetic skin diseases (genodermatoses)

Diagnosis and management of genetic skin disorders 


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About us

Our genetic skin diseases centre is a leading centre for the diagnosis and management of people with genetic skin disorders.

We treat a wide variety of skin diseases, including:

  • ichthyosis (thickened, dry and scaly skin)
  • palmoplantar keratoderma (thickened skin on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet)
  • ectodermal dysplasia (a group of disorders affecting a combination of hair, nails, teeth or sweating)
  • pachyonychia congenita (a rare genetic skin disease causing thickened nails and skin problems).

Our diagnostic laboratory, based within our department, undertakes analyis of skin biopsy specimens and genetic testing for a number of rare genetic skin disorders.

We are actively involved in clinical research and are dedicated to enhancing the understanding of and treatment options for genetic skin disease.


Tel: 020 7188 6399


SKIN, a history

Read about St John's expertise in genetics in the 'SKIN, a history' book using our page turning software or download chapter 2 (PDF 3.5Mb).