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Definition

A form of mastocytosis, a heterogeneous group of disorders associated with abnormal proliferation and accumulation of mast cells in various tissues, especially in the skin and hematopoietic organs. MASTC is an autosomal dominant form characterized by macules, papules, nodules, or diffuse infiltration of the skin, often associated with localized hyperpigmentation. Gentle rubbing of the lesions induces histamine release from mechanically activated mast cells, causing local wheals, erythema, and often pruritus, a phenomenon termed Darier sign.

Acronym

MASTC

Synonyms

Mastocytosis, diffuse cutaneous
Mastocytosis, maculopapular cutaneous
Urticaria pigmentosa

 
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