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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: Millakaus, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was just diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. I had trouble swallowing for years. This past May I ruptured my esophagus and almost died. Prior to this rupture I had several scopes and not one doctor could find anything wrong. I finally got a team of doctors and am glad that I have eosinophilic esophagitis as opposed to the alternative diseases that could have caused my rupture. I still need to see an allergist and find out what I'm allergic to. Right now my doctor told me to eliminate wheat and dairy. Good luck everyone. This has been a long road for me and I now have a diagnosis and a start of a plan.

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Comment from: Adamo41, 35-44 (Patient) Published: September 30

I have eosinophilic esophagitis; was diagnosed earlier in the year. I am on pantoprazole and Flovent. My symptoms went from feeling like I had major chest pain and a constant burning in my throat, to feeling better and then now I feel like my throat is constricting and it won't stop day or night. I've tried the elimination diet for a week at a time with each food group and no success. I wonder if there is anything out there that would make the constricting feeling go away. I feel like I am going to throw up and I can't breathe.

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