Systemic Mastocytosis as an Unconventional Cause of Variceal Bleeding: Think Outside the Box

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Systemic mastocytosis is a rare infiltrative disease involving the skin, bone marrow, digestive system, and liver. We report a case of a 59-year-old male who presented with a massive variceal bleed without any evidence of cirrhosis; however was later found to have severe perisinusoidal fibrosis with mast cells in portal tracts on liver biopsy and hypercellular mast cell infiltrated bone marrow. This rare case describes an out-of-the-ordinary reason of variceal bleeding with preserved liver function due to non-cirrhotic portal hypertension.

DOI: 10.7759/cureus.629

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@inproceedings{Ahmed2016SystemicMA, title={Systemic Mastocytosis as an Unconventional Cause of Variceal Bleeding: Think Outside the Box}, author={Moiz Ahmed and Mayurathan Kesavan and Basmah N Jilani and Saba Ahmed and Liliane S. Deeb}, booktitle={Curēus}, year={2016} }