Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Also known as: EoE

What is eosinophilic esophagitis?

Eosinophilic Esophagitis is when a white blood cell called an eosinophil is present in the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Eosinophils are not normally supposed to be in the esophagus, but can normally be present in other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
 

What causes eosinophilic esophagitis?

We are not sure why this occurs in some people. We do know that reflux tends to play a major role in this, and in some people certain foods may contribute as well.

What are the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis?
Adults tend to present with a feeling of food being stuck in their chest, and difficulty swallowing. Children tend to present with vomiting, regurgitation, belly pain, and poor weight gain.


What are eosinophilic esophagitis care options?

Your gastroenterologist will need to confirm the diagnosis. Reflux medications, and steroids may be used to control symptoms. In some cases, you may be referred to an allergist to determine if certain foods may be contributing.
 

Reviewed by: Amy S Feldman, MD

This page was last updated on: 12/7/2017 10:46:24 AM