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Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis

What is eosinophilic esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE, is an allergic inflammation of the esophagus that usually results from a food allergy. This is a chronic condition. Rarely the inflammation can cause narrowing of the esophagus. This condition is more common in children who might have other allergic problems like known food allergy, eczema, asthma and seasonal allergy.

The symptoms vary by age. Infant and toddlers might present with symptoms very similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) like vomiting, poor weight gain or abdominal pain. Children can have feeding difficulties like difficulty advancing to age appropriate foods, coughing when they are trying to swallow solids or liquids. Older children usually complain of difficulty swallowing or they can present with impaction of food which might cause them to experience significant pain and spitting up of saliva. This would require urgent attention.

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Our Stories

Our Stories

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

Deion's Story

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."

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Departments

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic

Our multidisciplinary clinic provides a collaborative and comprehensive evaluation for children diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

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