Eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare chronic condition that causes inflammation and damage to the esophagus, leading to pain and difficulty with swallowing. The experienced gastroenterologists at Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. To schedule an evaluation, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the esophagus. It develops when eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that supports immune health, accumulate in your esophageal tissue.
The high numbers of eosinophils cause inflammation and damage in the tissue.
Though researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of eosinophilic esophagitis, it’s theorized that the chronic inflammatory condition may develop from an allergic reaction to a food or environmental allergen.
You may be at greater risk of developing eosinophilic esophagitis if it runs in your family or you have a personal history of hay fever, eczema, asthma, or allergies.
Eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:
In children, eosinophilic esophagitis may cause failure to thrive or feeding problems.
The specialists at Gotham Gastroenterology conduct a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis. During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about symptoms, including a description of the type of discomfort you experience and when the symptoms started.
Your provider also reviews your medical and family history and then performs a physical exam.
Your provider at Gotham Gastroenterology may also recommend an endoscopy, which is a diagnostic procedure that allows them to closely evaluate your esophagus. During your endoscopy, your provider may take a biopsy to confirm or rule out eosinophilic esophagitis.
Treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis includes diet modification and medication to help minimize the allergic reaction.
The team at Gotham Gastroenterology works closely with you to identify the foods that trigger a reaction and then develops a diet plan that eliminates these foods.
To control inflammation, the team may prescribe steroids or antacids.
If your eosinophilic esophagitis has caused narrowing of your esophagus, the team may perform a procedure to dilate your esophagus and improve swallowing and eating.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare but life-altering condition. For expert care and treatment, contact Gotham Gastroenterology by phone or online today.