Mast cells are part of the immune system, but too many abnormal mast cells can cause allergic responses, inflammation, pain, bloating and other symptoms. Mast cell disease, or mastocytosis, is a rare disease; many doctors have never even seen someone with it. Advanced mast cell disease can cause death quickly and there's no known treatment for it.
Now, new research may bring hope to some of these people. Tracy George, MD, is a co-author on a research paper that reports on the use of a drug called midostaurin that may help not only relieve symptoms but decrease the disease.
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