Mikito Takayasu

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Mikito Takayasu
Mikito Takayasu
Born September 4, 1860
Died November 20, 1938(1938-11-20) (aged 78)
Beppu, Ōita, Kyūshū
Nationality Japan
Alma mater Tokyo Imperial University
Occupation ophthalmologist
Organization Kanazawa University
Known for Reported in detail a disease now called Takayasu's arteritis

Mikito Takayasu (高安 右人, Takayasu Mikito, September 4, 1860 - November 20, 1938) was a Japanese ophthalmologist known for his discovery of Takayasu's arteritis.[1]

The first case of Takayasu’s arteritis was described in 1908 by Dr. Takayasu at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Ophthalmology Society.[2] Takayasu described a peculiar "wreathlike" appearance of the blood vessels in the back of the eye (retina). Two Japanese physicians at the same meeting (Drs. Onishi and Kagoshima) reported similar eye findings in individuals whose wrist pulses were absent.[3]

Graduating from Tokyo Imperial University in 1887, Takayasu worked at what was to become Kanazawa University School of Medicine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. After moving to Beppu, Kyūshū, he died in November 1938.


  1. ^ "Mikito Takayasu and Jokichi Takamine, Two Famous Japanese Doctors Who Were from Kanazawa, Japan". 12. Japanese Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2003: 563–569. 
  2. ^ M. Takayasu. A case with peculiar changes of the central retinal vessels. Acta Societatis ophthalmologicae Japonicae, Tokyo 1908, 12: 554.
  3. ^ Cassell, Dana (2014). The Encyclopedia of Autoimmune Diseases. Infobase Publishing. p. 233. ISBN 9781438120942.