Treatment for an Allergic Disorder of the Esophagus
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory condition of the esophagus that may be a reaction to certain foods and environmental allergens. People with eosinophilic esophagitis have an increase in white blood cells called "eosinophils" within the esophagus. NewYork-Presbyterian has teams of healthcare professionals experienced in the care of people with eosinophilic esophagitis. We work with you to identify what triggers your symptoms and find a treatment that relieves them so you can enjoy a better quality of life.
What causes eosinophilic esophagitis?
An inflammatory response to specific foods and environmental allergens can cause eosinophils to build up, leading to difficulty swallowing or other symptoms. Often the specific cause of eosinophilic esophagitis cannot be identified.
Signs & Symptoms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis vary from person to person and may include:
- Food getting stuck in the throat or in the esophagus
- Chest pain with swallowing
- Stunted growth or poor weight gain in children
Diagnosing Eosinophilic Esophagitis
We use endoscopy (examination of the inside of your esophagus using a flexible scope with a camera at its tip) and biopsy (analysis of a sample of your esophageal tissue) to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis.
Our Approach to Care
Your healthcare team includes gastroenterologists, allergists, and registered dietitians who evaluate your symptoms, design a customized plan of treatment, and recommend dietary changes to reduce or prevent those symptoms.
Eosinophilic esophagitis treatment
Your treatment may include:
Medical therapies. Many patients benefit from proton pump inhibitors (anti-reflux drugs) or oral steroids to help reduce inflammation in the esophagus.
Esophageal dilation. Some people who develop scar tissue in the esophagus may need to have the esophagus dilated (stretched) to open any narrowing and ease the passage of food.
Nutritional guidance. Your team will work with you to identify which foods may be triggering your symptoms so you can eliminate them from your diet. If testing and food elimination can clarify which foods or substances you should avoid, your nutritionist will help design a personalized diet for you that eliminates these foods while still making eating enjoyable and well balanced.
Why Choose Us
NewYork-Presbyterian has advanced specialists with decades of experience treating eosinophilic esophagitis. We have access to the latest research and can offer patients the most up-to-date information and approaches. We often have ongoing clinical trials and can offer participation in these studies when appropriate. Contact us today to make an appointment for a consultation.