What are Mast Cell Diseases?

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Signs, Symptoms, and Triggers

Mast cells can be activated through both IgE and non-IgE-related mechanisms, resulting in the release of mediators, such as tryptase, histamine, heparin, leukotrienes and prostaglandins.1 This activation can occur in a healthy person, for example in response to a mosquito bite, and in patients with both mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). Patients with mastocytosis have extra mast cells that can activate and release their mediators, in addition to the possibility of mast cells that may more readily release mediators, resulting in increased mediator-induced symptoms.

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