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Eosinophilic Esophagitis & Gastrointestinal Diseases Program

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs) are a group of conditions in which a type of inflammatory cell, called an eosinophil, invades the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although these conditions are rare, they are becoming increasingly common. The most common form of EGID is eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), in which the eosinophils attack the lining of the esophagus—the tube going from your mouth into your stomach. In rare cases, eosinophils can be found in the stomach, intestines, and colon. These conditions are diagnosed by obtaining a sample of tissue, called a biopsy, from the GI tract.

Symptoms of EoE include difficulty swallowing, heartburn, abdominal pain, regurgitation, vomiting, and food impactions. Other EGIDs can also cause pain, diarrhea, anemia, and blood in the stool. People with other allergic conditions, such as asthma, eczema, seasonal allergies, and food allergies, are at higher risk. These conditions can be treated by eliminating certain foods from the diet, taking daily medication, or having weekly injections. Repeat biopsies are often required after starting a treatment to ensure it is working.

Our Eosinophilic Esophagitis & Gastrointestinal Diseases Program consists of a team of gastroenterologists, nurses, and dietitians. Our team will work closely with our patients to make the proper diagnosis and guide them through their treatment options. After diagnosis, the team closely monitors our patients’ symptoms, growth and nutrition, and overall well-being.