Support

We have a small team of people dedicated to supporting patients with MCAS and anyone who thinks they may have MCAS. We will expand this team and their resources over time in response to patients’ requests and their experiences.

Patients and their Families

 If you have a MCAS diagnosis or suspect that you have MCAS and are in need of help or advice, please email us and one of the team will be able to help you.

We have a general FB support group, if you apply please check your FB messenger in box or alternatively contact us using the button below.

MCA UK Support

If you are a parent with a child with suspected MCAS get in touch to join our parents support group.

 

MCA for UK Parents

If you would like us to call you please include your telephone number.

If you are a family member we would like to help you too.

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Doctors and Researchers

We hope to be able to support doctors and researchers with an interest in MCAS or those that suspect they may have a patient with MCAS. We will be happy to discuss any ideas or initiatives that require support or funding.

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Resources

We have published a small brochure that explains the aims of Mast Cell Action and the needs of the MCAS community.

You can read and download it here.

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Useful MCAS Research papers
and Videos

The links are from a range of sources, some are free open source documents, and others you can only read the abstracts and need to purchase them.

Diagnosis

Characterization of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), a recently recognized nonneoplastic mast cell disease driving chronic multisystem inflammation and allergy, appears prevalent and thus important. We report the first systematic characterization of a large MCAS population.

12.03.2017

Utilities of Various Mast Cell Mediators in Diagnosing Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Nicolas Zenker and Lawrence B Afrin,Utilities of Various Mast Cell Mediators in Diagnosing Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Blood 2015 126:5174

01.08.2015

Mast Cells, Mastocytosis, and Related Disorders

Theoharides TC, Valent P, Akin C. Mast Cells, Mastocytosis, and Related Disorders. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(2):163-72.

01.07.2015

Characterization Of Common Blood Test Abnormalities Potentially Aiding Diagnosis Of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: A Preliminary Analysis

Lawrence B Afrin, Zhuang Wan and Elizabeth G Hill Characterization Of Common Blood Test Abnormalities Potentially Aiding Diagnosis Of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: A Preliminary Analysis Blood 2013 122:5240;

01.08.2013

. Immunology and Clinical Manifestations of Non-Clonal Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Cardet JC, Castells MC, Hamilton MJ. Immunology and Clinical Manifestations of Non-Clonal Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2013;13(1):10-8.

01.02.2013

Definitions, criteria and global classification of mast cell disorders with special reference to mast cell activation syndromes: a consensus proposal.

Valent P, Akin C, Arock M et al. Definitions, criteria and global classification of mast cell disorders with special reference to mast cell activation syndromes: a consensus proposal. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2012;157(3):215-25.

01.10.2011

. Mast cell activation disease: a concise practical guide for diagnostic workup and therapeutic options

Molderings GJ, Homann J, Brettner S et al. Mast cell activation disease: a concise practical guide for diagnostic workup and therapeutic options. J Hematol Oncol. 2011 Mar 22;4:1.

01.03.2011
Treatment

Pharmacological treatment options for mast cell activation

Molderings GJ, Haenisch B, Brettner S et al. Pharmacological treatment options for mast cell activation. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2016 Jul;389(7):671-94

01.04.2016

Utility of Continuous Diphenhydramine Infusion in Severe Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Lawrence B Afrin; Utility of Continuous Diphenhydramine Infusion in Severe Mast Cell Activation Syndrome; Blood 2015 126:5194

01.11.2015

Utility of Continuous Diphenhydramine Infusion in Severe Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

Lawrence B Afrin; Utility of Continuous Diphenhydramine Infusion in Severe Mast Cell Activation Syndrome; Blood 2015 126:5194

01.11.2015

H1-antihistamines for primary mast cell activation syndromes: a systematic review

4 Nurmatov UB, Rhatigan E, Simons FE, Sheikh A. H1-antihistamines for primary mast cell activation syndromes: a systematic review. Allergy. 2015;70(9):1052-61.

01.07.2015

The presentation, diagnosis and treatment of mast cell activation syndrome

.2. Afrin LD. 2013 Nova Science Publishers, Mast Cells: Phenotypic Features, Biological Functions and Role in Immunity. Chapters. Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

01.11.2013

Intravenous infusion of ascorbic acid decreases serum histamine concentrations in patients with allergic and non-allergic diseases

Hagel AF, Layritz CM, Hagel WH, et al. Intravenous infusion of ascorbic acid decreases serum histamine concentrations in patients with allergic and non-allergic diseases. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2013 Sep;386(9):789-93.

01.09.2013

The 1,4-benzodiazepine Ro5-4864 (4-chlorodiazepam) suppresses multiple pro-inflammatory mast cell effector functions.

Yousefi OS, Wilhelm T, Maschke-Neuß K, et al. The 1,4-benzodiazepine Ro5-4864 (4-chlorodiazepam) suppresses multiple pro-inflammatory mast cell effector functions. Cell Commun Signal. 2013 Feb 20;11(1):13.

01.02.2013
Genetics

NIH Video , scientists uncover genetic explanation for frustrating syndrome

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a genetic explanation for a syndrome characterized by multiple frustrating and difficult-to-treat symptoms.Most, but not all, people who experience these diverse symptoms have elevated levels of tryptase

17.10.2016

Elevated basal serum tryptase identifies a multisystem disorder

JJ Lyons et al. Elevated basal serum tryptase identifies a multisystem disorder associated with increased TPSAB1 copy number. Nature Genetics DOI: 10.1038/ng.3696 (2016).

01.10.2016

Transgenerational transmission of systemic mast cell activation disease-genetic and epigenetic features

Molderings GJ. Transgenerational transmission of systemic mast cell activation disease-genetic and epigenetic features. Transl Res. 2016 Aug;174:86-97

10.08.2016

The genetic basis of mast cell activation disease - looking through a glass darkly

Molderings GJ. The genetic basis of mast cell activation disease - looking through a glass darkly. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2015 Feb;93(2):75-89.

10.02.2015

Mendelian inheritance of elevated serum tryptase associated with atopy and connective tissue abnormalities

Lyons JJ, Sun G, Stone KD, et al. Mendelian inheritance of elevated serum tryptase associated with atopy and connective tissue abnormalities. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 May;133(5):1471-4 .

15.05.2014

Evidence for contribution of epigenetic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of systemic mast cell activation disease

Haenisch B, Fröhlich H, Herms S, Molderings GJ. Evidence for contribution of epigenetic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of systemic mast cell activation disease. Immunogenetics. 2014 May;66(5):287-97.

10.05.2014

Familial Occurrence of Systemic Mast Cell Activation Disease

Molderings GJ, Haenisch B, Bogdanow M et al. Familial Occurrence of Systemic Mast Cell Activation Disease. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 30;8(9):e76241.

30.09.2013
Comorbidities

Mast cell disorders in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

This report reviews basic biology of mast cells and mast cell activation as well as recent research efforts, which implicate a role of MC dysregulation beyond atopic disorders and in a cluster of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, non-IGE mediated hypersensitivity disorders, and dysautonomia.

11.03.2017

Cardiovascular symptoms in patients with systemic mast cell activation disease.

Kolck UW, Haenisch B, Molderings GJ. Cardiovascular symptoms in patients with systemic mast cell activation disease. Transl Res. 2016 Aug;174:23-32.

01.08.2016

Mast cell activation disease: An underappreciated cause of neurologic and psychiatric symptoms and diseases.

Afrin LB, Pöhlau D, Raithel M et al. Mast cell activation disease: An underappreciated cause of neurologic and psychiatric symptoms and diseases. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Nov;50:314-21.

01.07.2015

Mast cell activation syndromes presenting as anaphylaxis

3 Akin C . Mast cell activation syndromes presenting as anaphylaxis. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2015 May;35(2):277-85.

01.05.2015

A New Disease Cluster: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Cheung I, Vadas P. A New Disease Cluster: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Volume 135, Issue 2, AB65.

01.02.2015

Mast cell activation disorders presenting with cerebral vasospasm-related symptoms: A “Kounis-like” syndrome

6 González-de-Olano D, Alvarez-Twose I, Matito A. Mast cell activation disorders presenting with cerebral vasospasm-related symptoms: A “Kounis-like” syndrome. Int J Cardiol. 2011 Jul 15;150(2):210-1.

01.07.2011

New aspects of liver abnormalities as part of the systemic mast cell activation syndrome

Alfter K, von Kügelgen I, Haenisch B et al. New aspects of liver abnormalities as part of the systemic mast cell activation syndrome. Liver Int. 2009 Feb;29(2):181-6.

01.02.2009
Tests Informative Videos on MCAS

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