Eosinophilic esophagitis, or allergic esophagitis, is caused by a certain type of white blood cell, eosinophils, typically associated with allergies.
The eosinophils become deposited in the esophagus causing inflammation and even tissue damage.
Caucasian boys tend to be more at risk for this disease for unknown reasons. Children with eosinophilic esophagitis may also have other allergic diseases including asthma, allergic rhinitis, and eczema.
Symptoms in infants:
- Poor growth
- Refusing to eat
Symptoms in older children:
- Difficulty swallowing or getting food items stuck in the esophagus.
To diagnosis this disease a pediatric gastroenterologist will scope your child and take small pieces of tissue for biopsy. A pediatric gastroenterologist is a specialized study of medicine within the larger specialty of gastroenterology. IllinoisGastro is proud to offer pediatric services to our patients.