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A 56-year-old female asked:

How can you tell if mastocytosis is systemic or just cutaneous?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Evaluation: Systemic involvement will be more suspicious when the serum tryptase level is significantly elevated and you also have other generalized symptoms like GI problems or abnormality in the blood counts for instance. A biopsy of the suspected involved organ like biopsy of the bowel, or bone marrow biopsy will tell you definitively whether it is systemic or not. Discuss with your doctor.
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