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Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic

Contact number | 301-476-3016
Provider uses Otoscope during Patient Exam.

Preparing for Your Visit

In our clinic, families will meet with a team consisting of an allergist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist to tailor a plan to help your child face EoE.

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Our multidisciplinary clinic provides a collaborative and comprehensive evaluation for children diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Our team of experts will provide patients and their families with up-to-date information in the areas of clinical and research progress. Our goal is to provide guidance for families to make informed decisions around EoE.

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an allergic inflammation of the esophagus. It is a chronic condition that usually results from a food allergy. The condition is more common in children who might have other allergies including food and seasonal allergies, eczema and asthma. The role of genetic predisposition is also being investigated. EoE is more common in children and men. A US study reports the incidence of EoE in children as 1 per 10,000, with several studies supporting a rise in diagnosis of new cases.

Symptoms of EoE vary with age and may be mistaken for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At times, this may contribute to a delay in making a correct diagnosis.

  • Infant and toddlers may have symptoms very similar to GERD like vomiting, poor weight gain or abdominal pain. 
  • Children may experience feeding challenges like difficulty advancing to age-appropriate foods or coughing when they are trying to swallow solids and/or liquids. 
  • Older children experience difficulty with swallowing. At times, the esophagus can narrow and cause food impaction, where food becomes stuck. This results in significant pain, spitting of saliva, and is a medical emergency. 

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Services

In our clinic, families will meet with a team consisting of an allergist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist. There is also an option to meet with our psychologist. Together, we tailor a plan to help your child face EoE.

Contact Us

To make an appointment, please call 301-476-3016.

Deion's Story

Failure to Thrive (Poor Growth)

Deion Gladden successfully treated for environmentally-influenced intestinal issues by Dr. Anil Darbari.

Nineteen years ago, Deion was born prematurely and developed eosinophilic esophagitis and acid reflux, along with failure to thrive. For years, he endured environmentally influenced intestinal issues that he and his family didn't understand until they met Children's National specialists who "never gave up on us."

Deion's Story

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic Team