Eosinophilic esophagitis facts
- Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition of
the esophagus that affects both children and adults, and men more than
- 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
- 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.
What is eosinophilic esophagitis?
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2016