Mastocytosis

Mastocytosis is a rare disorder that occurs when mast cells accumulate abnormally in the skin, bone marrow and internal organs such as the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. It can affect both children and adults.

Mast cells normally help protect you from disease and aid in wound healing. But with mastocytosis, excess cells can lead to a severe reaction. Someone with this disorder might experience:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Ulcers and lesions on the skin (mastocytoma)
  • Hypotension (very low blood pressure and faintness)
  • Anaphylaxis (shock)

At Mercy, our doctors and specialists work together to provide you excellent care. It's important to get the right diagnostics as certain forms of mastocytosis can turn cancerous. Depending on your symptoms, a specialist might perform a skin biopsy, or an examination of your bone marrow.

There is no cure for mastocytosis, but several treatments are available to relieve symptoms and remove a mastocytoma from the skin. If you are concerned you might have mastocytosis, our doctors are here to deliver the care you need.

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