Other Names for this Disease
- Mast cell disease
- Cutaneous mastocytosis
- Mastocytosis cutaneous with short stature conductive hearing loss and microtia
- Systemic mastocytosis
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In some cases, mastocytosis is inherited. These cases result from a genetic mutation which causes the over-activation of the receptor for mast cell growth factor (c-kit). This mutation is believed to cause the abnormal accumulation of mast cells in certain tissues. These mutations in the c-kit proto-oncogene are passed down through families in an autosomal dominant fashion.
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