Systemic mastocytosis revisited with an emphasis on skeletal manifestations

Antonio Leone, Marianna Criscuolo, Consolato Gullì, Antonella Petrosino, Nicola Carlo Bianco, Cesare Colosimo

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Systemic mastocytosis (SM) is a rare form of mastocytosis that can affect various organ systems. Bone involvement is the most common and prominent imaging feature in patients with SM regardless of the subtype. Furthermore, bone involvement is a prognostic factor as it may entail an aggressive course of the disease. Diagnosis is established by bone marrow biopsy complemented by imaging modalities such as radiography, CT, and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The radiographic and CT appearances are that of sclerotic, lytic, or mixed patterns with focal or diffuse distribution, involving primarily the axial skeleton and the ends of the long bones. Bone marrow infiltration is best recognized on MR imaging. Osteoporosis is common in SM; thus, a bone mineral density measurement at lumbar spine and proximal femur by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry should be obtained. Imaging plays a huge part in the diagnostic process; when skeletal imaging findings are carefully interpreted and correlated with clinical features, they can lead to the suspicion of SM. The primary aims of this review article were to focus on the role of imaging in detection and characterization of skeletal patterns of SM and to discuss relevant clinical features that could facilitate prompt and correct diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Bone marrow
  • CT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiography
  • Systemic mastocytosis


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