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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

What is an Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a condition that can cause difficulty swallowing
(dysphagia), heartburn that does not respond to therapy, food becoming impacted
in the esophagus and, rarely, chronic abdominal pain.

Eosinophilic esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus caused by eosinophils
in the esophagus. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cells.



How do I get a Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

We do not know what causes this condition but it is suspected to be an allergic
reaction. The best way to diagnosis is with a procedure called an Upper Endoscopy.
During this procedure, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken. These are viewed under
a microscope to look for excessive amounts of eosinophils.



Available Treatments?

Treatment is very specific to each patient. It is best to consult with your GI
doctor as diet changes, allergy medication or steroid treatment may be needed.