Eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, is a common gastrointestinal disorder. This disorder causes a buildup of white blood cells, known as eosinophils, in the esophagus. These cells cause inflammation and can lead to a range of symptoms. The following are frequently asked questions regarding to EoE.

How is EoE diagnosed?

EoE is difficult to diagnosis. It is necessary to run a test called an upper endoscopy. This test takes a small tissue sample, or biopsy, of the esophagus and searches for eosinophils. This test correctly diagnoses EOE. The various symptoms of EoE are similar to other disorders and the test is necessary to confirm EoE.

 

What are signs that my child should be tested/has EoE?

It can be difficult to recognize and diagnosis patients with EoE, however it is most common in patients with eczema, allergies, and asthma. For more information on EoE in children, head over to Kids With Food Allergies.

   Infants and toddlers with EoE may have difficulty swallowing and refusing food, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

School-age children experience recurring abdominal pain, trouble swallowing, vomiting, and food that becomes stuck in the esophagus. These symptoms are consistent with other diagnoses, which makes it difficult to pinpoint their cause.

What is an elimination diet?

An elimination diet is a diet that eliminates foods that could cause an allergic reaction. There is a strong connection between food allergies and EoE. Eliminating foods that are causing an allergic reaction can assist in decreasing EoE symptoms.

What are complications with restricted elimination diets?

Restricted diets can cause complications in nutrition. It is important for children to get all the necessary nutrition in their diets, so consulting a dietitian might be helpful.

Is cross contamination an issue for children with EoE?

Cross contamination takes place when allergens transfer from one food to another. It is difficult to determine if cross contamination causes symptoms in those with EoE. It is easier to simply avoid any chances of cross contamination.

If you have any questions about EoE or need help with controlling your EoE symptoms, National Allergy & ENT’s providers can assist you. To schedule an appointment call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.