Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) occurs when a type of white blood cell builds up in the lining of the esophagus. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience to treat EoE in children.

What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

EoE occurs when eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) build up in the lining of the esophagus due to food reactions, allergens or acid reflux. The condition can cause inflammation or damage the tissue in the esophagus. Damage over time can lead to issues with swallowing or causing food to get stuck while eating.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Causes

EoE is a chronic immune system condition in which the body has an allergic reaction to an outside substance. It is a fairly new condition, discovered in the past 20 years.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms in Children

EoE can cause symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty feeding in infants
  • Difficulty eating in children
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Failure to thrive
  • Food getting stuck in the esophagus after swallowing (impaction)
  • No response to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) medication
  • Vomiting

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Treatment

EoE treatment depends on your child’s age, current health, symptoms and severity of the condition. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique care plan.

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Norton Children’s Gastroenterology

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