Updated: Feb 1, 2022
Mast cells: interesting and mysterious.
You can’t be born without them, but they don’t show up in blood tests. They’re found throughout the body and can affect multiple systems in vastly different ways. What makes them misbehave?
An Allergy and Immunology Physician's Perspective
We spoke with renowned Allergy and Immunology physician, Anne Maitland, MD, about the role of mast cells in the body, what happens when they go “off script”, and what we can do about it. Dr. Maitland explains that mast cells recognize tissue injury, and make a decision on how to react. But what if they perceive the situation incorrectly? What if they perceive a five-alarm fire when it’s just an overcooked, smoky dinner? The mast cells react disproportionately to the perceived threat, and the over-reaction manifests itself throughout the body.
Misbehaving mast cells manifesting differently in different systems
Examples of mast cell disorders
The three questions to ask
Challenges getting properly diagnosed and treated
Dr. Maitland's approach
Proper maintenance of mast cells
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