A La Crescenta Elementary School student who has suffered a lifetime of enigmatic health problems has finally started to get some answers following extensive testing at a federal research center.
Reece LoCicero, 5, has been diagnosed with cutaneous mastocytosis, a reactive skin disease that typically improves as a patient ages, said Gretchen Golas, a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
That the disease appears to be confined to his skin, and not throughout his body, should bring some hope, she added.
“We feel very comfortable that it is just confined to the skin, and the fact that it is going to get better while he grows is good news,” Golas said.
It was at least one answer for a litany of troubling symptoms — including severe fevers, internal bleeding, labored breathing and lesions — that Reece has suffered since infancy. He and his family traveled to the research facility last month for a week of medical testing, after which he was also diagnosed with asthma.