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Mission Statement / History of Organization

May 17, 2016

Our Mission We are dedicated to providing multi-faceted support to patients, families and medical professionals in our community and to leading the advancement of knowledge and research in mast cell diseases through education, advocacy and collaboration. Our Vision Transforming lives of patients and families while finding a cure for mast cell diseases.  History of Organization […]

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Tests

May 17, 2016

First and foremost, a careful examination of the skin should be undertaken, looking for characteristic lesions of mastocytosis. If lesions are found, the physician should stroke the lesion firmly with a tongue depressor 5 or 6 times to see if it urticates (Darier’s sign). However, flushing and systemic low blood pressure can result from attempts […]

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Overview & Diagnosis

May 17, 2016

OVERVIEW, DIAGNOSIS, DEFINITIONS AND CLASSIFICATION Please see the Mast Cell Disease Primer. What are Mast Cells? Mast cells (MC) are immune system cells that live in the bone marrow and in body tissues, internal and external, such as the gastrointestinal tract, the lining of the airway, and the skin. Everyone has mast cells in their […]

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Valerie M. Slee, RN, B.S.N.

May 25, 2014

I first served as the TMS Vice Chair from 2002-2009, then assumed the Chair position when my dear friend Rita Barlow stepped down due to health issues. I have also served as Liaison to the Medical Advisory Board, Research Committee, Pediatric Committee, and to the MPN and Smoldering Mastocytosis Committee. I Co-Chair the Drug Shortage […]

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