Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Important information regarding your health

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus. Although the disease was first described in children, it occurs in adults as well. EoE is a chronic disease that may be associated with increased numbers of eosinophils in the esophagus.

Prior to the discovery of EoE, patients were inadvertently diagnosed as having gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and prescribed Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) under the assumption that their problem was caused by excess stomach acid. The symptoms of GERD and EoE are often similar, and this makes the diagnosis more difficult. Common symptoms include difficulty in swallowing, food impaction, and heartburn.

Recently, research has begun looking for links between EoE and autoimmune diseases. Some EoE patients suffer from skin conditions, such as psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, or from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. Currently, there is no proven link between EoE and esophageal cancer.