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Not all allergic reactions are immediately noticeable. Most people have heard of allergies that require emergency treatment, but many allergic reactions come on slowly, with subtle symptoms. Eosinophilic (ee-oh-sin-oh-fill-ic) esophagitis is one of these reactions.
Eosinophilic esophagitis (or “EE,” and also known as “EoE”) is an allergic reaction that causes inflammation and damage to the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects mouth to stomach.
EE may affect your child’s ability to eat – both physically (a swollen esophagus makes it hard for food to go down) and psychologically (a child may grow to associate eating with discomfort). It’s usually caused by a food allergy.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches EE
The Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease (EGID) Program at Children's is a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to caring for children and adolescents with eosinophilic esophagitis and other eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs).
We’re the only multidisciplinary program in the Northeast that cares for children with these conditions and we’re the medical liaison for the local support group, EGID Boston. EGID Boston meetings are held here at Children’s, at our Waltham branch.
Our program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for infants, children and adolescents with suspected or diagnosed EGIDs, including:
The program is staffed by an experienced team of clinicians, all with specialized training in the care of children with these complex chronic conditions. Our staff includes:
Eosinophilic esophagitis: Reviewed by Elizabeth Hait, MD, MPH, and John Jhe-Yun Lee, MD © Children’s Hospital Boston, 2011
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