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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an uncommon condition with symptoms that vary widely depending on age. Our immunology team has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease among all ages, so you can feel confident placing your care in our hands. 

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FAQs on Eosinophilic Esophagitis: 

What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (also known as allergic esophagitis or EoE for short) is a rare, chronic disease that causes inflammation and damage to the esophagus. The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. 

What Causes Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Scientists have not yet pinpointed the exact cause of EoE; however they theorize that it is the immune system’s response to food and/or substances in the environment, including:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Animal dander
  • Allergenic foods (e.g. dairy products, nuts, and fish)
  • A high expression of the eotaxin-3 gene

What Are The Symptoms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

The symptoms of this disease will vary depending on age. Common signs of EoE by age include the following:

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms In Infants/Toddlers:

  • Poor growth and weight gain
  • Refusing to eat
  • Vomiting
  • Reflux that does not improve with medicine

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms In Children:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble swallowing solid food (dysphagia)
  • Reflux that does not improve with medicine
  • Food getting caught in the throat 
  • Poor appetite
  • Chest pain

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms In Adults:

  • Trouble swallowing solid food (dysphagia)
  • Food getting caught in the throat 
  • Reflux that does not improve with medicine
  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain

What Is The Treatment for Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Treatment for EoE will vary on a case-by-case basis, but often includes both medication and dietary restrictions to avoid allergenic food. The elimination diet for EoE typically involves avoiding:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Nuts
  • Fish

There is also the elemental diet to treat EoE, which involves replacing all of your proteins with an amino acid formula. Some patients use a feeding tube to ingest the amino acid formula so they do not have to taste it.  Medication to treat EoE includes:

  • Steroids (topical or oral) 
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)

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