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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.
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Comment from: Cullensmum, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 30

My 15 year old son has been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, and we've done the allergy testing and it came back negative (food and environmental). We've had 2 biopsy procedures and he's been taking Nexium 40 mg daily since late November late year. The last biopsy showed there were still changes going on in his throat. We're now heading back to see the specialist tomorrow to see what our next move is. I just wish I knew what was causing it!

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Comment from: J., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

After pills and pills that never worked for heartburn and chest pain, I was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis after 12 years of problems. I finally got a food allergy test where they put food patches on your back for three days. With this method, they finally diagnosed a chicken allergy. Once I stopped eating all poultry products, all symptoms were gone after one month! Hang in there and persist to find the culprit. I have not taken any medicines, not even an acid reducer in over a year!

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