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Urticaria Pigmentosa


Synonyms of Urticaria Pigmentosa
  • Localized Infantile Mastocytosis
  • Mastocytosis, Infantile
  • Nettleship's, E. Disease Type I
  • Urticaria, Perstans Hemorrhagica
  • Xanthelasmoidea

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Urticaria pigmentosa is a rare skin disorder that is a localized (cutaneous) form of mastocytosis. Some clinicians suggest that urticaria pigmentosa is the childhood form of mastocytosis. Mast cells are specialized cells of connective tissue that release substances such as histamine (a chemical important in the inflammatory process) and heparin (an anti-clotting agent) when the body?s alarm mechanism is set off. When mast cells cluster and multiply excessively (proliferate), histamine and heparin are released into the skin (mastocytosis). The characteristic skin lesions of urticaria pigmentosa appear in these areas. Urticaria pigmentosa is generally benign and is usually self-limited. The exact cause of the disease is not known, although some cases may be inherited.
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    Organizations related to Urticaria Pigmentosa
    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
      611 East Wells Street
      Milwaukee WI 53202
      Phone #: 414-272-6071
      800 #: 800-822-2762
      e-mail: info@aaaai.org
      Home page: http://www.aaaai.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Mastokids
      P. O. Box 253
      Blue Point NY 11715
      Phone #: 678-947-5455
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@mastokids.org
      Home page: http://www.mastokids.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      6610 Rockledge Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-6612
      Phone #: 301-496-5717
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/



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