Bhupinder Anand, MD
- Eosinophilic esophagitis facts
- What is eosinophilic esophagitis?
- What causes eosinophilic esophagitis?
- What are the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis?
- How does eosinophilic esophagitis cause dysphagia?
- What are the other causes of dysphagia for solid food?
- How is eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosed?
- How is eosinophilic esophagitis treated?
- What about elimination diets for treating eosinophilic esophagitis?
- What is the future of eosinophilic esophagitis?
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Eosinophilic esophagitis facts
- Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition of the esophagus that affects both children and adults, and men more than women.
- Eosinophilic gastroenteritis may be due allergy to an as yet unknown food allergen.
- The major symptom in adults with eosinophilic esophagitis is dysphagia (problems swallowing) for solid food.
- Eosinophilic esophagitis stiffens the esophagus so that solid foods have difficulty passing through the esophagus and into the stomach.
- Other common causes of dysphagia for solid food are esophageal strictures and Schatzki rings.
- The diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis usually is made during an endoscopy (EGD), performed for the evaluation of dysphagia. The diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy of the esophagus.
- The treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis is with proton pump inhibitors and swallowed fluticasone propionate. Gentle esophageal dilatation is used when meditations fail to relieve dysphagia.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition in which the wall of the esophagus becomes filled with large numbers of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell.
What is eosinophilic esophagitis?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/26/2015
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