Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is a recognized chronic allergic/immune condition. A person with EoE will have inflammation of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach.
In EoE, large numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils are found in the tissue of the esophagus. Normally there are no eosinophils in the esophagus. The symptoms of EoE vary with age. In infants and toddlers, you may notice that they refuse their food or are not growing properly. School-age children often have recurring abdominal pain, trouble swallowing or vomiting. Teenagers and adults most often have difficulty swallowing, particularly dry or dense, solid foods. The esophagus can narrow to the point that food gets stuck. This is called food impaction and it is a medical emergency.
Allergist and gastroenterologists are seeing many more patients with EoE. this is due to an increased incidence of EoE and greater physician awareness. EoE is considered to be a chronic condition and is not outgrown.
If you feel that you may be having symptoms of EoE please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our providers