Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus (food tube that passes from the mouth to the stomach). In this condition, the inflammation contains large numbers of a type of white blood cell known as an eosinophil. Eosinophils are commonly involved in allergic reactions.

The main symptom of eosinophilic esophagitis is difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia. There may be a feeling of food sticking in the esophagus after swallowing. Other possible associated symptoms include

Children with the condition may show symptoms and signs that include

Cause of eosinophilic esophagitis

Doctors suspect some type of allergic reaction to be the cause of eosinophilic esophagitis. However, the exact substance that causes the condition is unknown.

Other eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms and signs

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.