Mastocytosis are a group of hematologic neoplasms characterized by an accumulation of atypical mast cells in one or several organs/tissues, often accompanied by mast cell activation. Whereas in children the disease manifestations are mostly limited to the skin, in adults the disease is usually systemic (systemic mastocytosis; SM) and involves the bone marrow and/or other internal organs. Several variants of SM have been defined. Whereas most patients have indolent SM, some patients have advanced SM, which underlines the complexity of SM. In 2002, a European consortium of clinicians and scientists initiated a multidisciplinary, multi-national cooperative network, termed the 'European Competence Network on Mastocytosis' (ECNM), with the aim to improve diagnosis and therapy of patients with mastocytosis and other mast cell activation disorders. Since then, members of the ECNM have organized Annual Meetings in several European countries. The present article provides a summary of advances in the field presented during the 17th Annual ECNM meeting held in Salzburg in October 2019.
Keywords: KIT; Mast cell activation; classification; mastocytosis; scoring; tyrosine-kinase inhibitors.