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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-31478

Bucher, C; Uebelhart, D; Wüthrich, B; Swanenburg, J; Goerres, G (2010). Bone Mineral Content in Patients with Anaphylactic Reactions, Signs of Mastocytosis and Elevated Basal Serum Tryptase Levels. Open Allergy Journal, 3:7-15.



Introduction: To examine the relationship between elevated basal serum tryptase levels (BST), a marker of total mast cell mass, and bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with anaphylactic reactions and signs of mastocytosis.
Methods: Retrospective evaluation of patient charts at an allergy unit. Patients with BST levels above 20 ng/ml were eligible if clinical and follow-up data and results of dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) were available. Patients with previous use of anti-osteoporotic medications and with osteoporosis not caused by mastocytosis were excluded. Spearman’s rank correlation, Mann-Whitney test and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was used for analysis.
Results: 24 patients were included. The main presenting symptom (17 of 24 patients) was anaphylactic reactions to insect stings. BST levels ranged between 21 and 158 ng/ml (median 48 ng/ml). Study participants with Z-score values below - 1.0 had a median BST level of 46 ng/ml, the patients with Z-score values above or equal to -1.0 had a median BST level of 27 ng/ml. ROC analysis of the patient group with BST values between 30 and 100 ng/ml revealed a best cut-off value of BST to detect a low BMD when BST level would be at least 27 ng/ml resulting in a sensitivity of 92% and a specificity of 70%.
Conclusion: Patients with moderately elevated BST levels seem to be at increased risk for low BMD.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Rheumatology Clinic and Institute of Physical Medicine
DDC:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010 09:23
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 12:43
Publisher:Bentham Open
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.2174/1874838401003010007
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