Bone marrow involvement in cutaneous mastocytosis
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2001
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 144, Issue 3, pages 561–566, February 2001
How to Cite
Fearfield, L.A., Francis, N., Henry, K., Costello, C. and Bunker, C.B. (2001), Bone marrow involvement in cutaneous mastocytosis. British Journal of Dermatology, 144: 561–566. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2133.2001.04084.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication 19 October 2000
- bone marrow;
- cutaneous mastocytosis;
- cytogenetic abnormalities
Background Cutaneous mastocytosis is considered a relatively benign and indolent form of mast cell disease, which either ultimately regresses, remains stable or is only slowly progressive. Previously, it has been purported that no more than 60% of adult patients with cutaneous mastocytosis will have occult bone marrow involvement.
Objectives To investigate the frequency of bone marrow involvement in patients with mastocytosis but without systemic symptoms.
Methods Bone marrow aspirate and trephine biopsy were performed in 13 consecutive patients with cutaneous mastocytosis attending our department.
Results All but one of these patients had evidence of bone marrow involvement. Bone marrow cytogenetic abnormalities have been found in patients with cutaneous mastocytosis: all our patients who were analysed showed a normal karyotype.
Conclusions Bone marrow involvement is common in adults with cutaneous mastocytosis.