Pediatric GI Case of the Month
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disorder characterized by the deposition of eosinophils in the wall of the esophagus (food pipe).
A young man sat in my office complaining that he felt that his “food was stuck.” This was not the first time he felt this way. Usually after “gulping” down plenty of water the feeling would pass; however, this time was different. He had a history of asthma and eczema that were under good control. His physical exam was normal. Blood work and a barium swallow obtained by the primary care physician were unremarkable. He had been placed on a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for possible gastroesophageal reflux but had not noticed any improvement in his symptoms. Hmm…very interesting. I informed the family that the story sounded very suspicious for eosinophilic esophagitis. The mother exclaimed: “Eo what???”
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disorder characterized by the deposition of eosinophils in the wall of the esophagus (food pipe). Read more about Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) in children.
Our young man’s biopsies were consistent with EoE. Treatment was initiated and he is doing well.