Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
What is it?
Eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, is a condition that affects the esophagus, or food pipe, which carries food from your throat to your stomach. With EoE, you have an allergic reaction in the esophagus to foods that you eat, causing a variety of symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms and severity of EoE vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are:
- Trouble swallowing, the most common symptom for EoE, can cause a sensation of food getting stuck or pain with swallowing
- Burning in chest or heartburn
- Chest pain
- Regurgitation of food
How is it diagnosed?
EoE can be diagnosed with an EGD or upper endoscopy, where a flexible camera is used to look at your esophagus. This helps your doctor look for changes in the esophagus that indicate EoE and take specific biopsies to test for EoE.
How is it treated?
Treatment for EoE varies based on severity, age, and patient preference. Dietary changes and medications can help decrease the inflammation and allergic response in the esophagus, which can improve symptoms in the short and long term. In some people, diet modification using an elimination diet helps us determine your specific allergy, which will drastically reduce inflammation and improve your symptoms.