Treating inflammation in the esophagus
Our eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) clinic offers treatment for children with inflammation of the esophagus, which is often related to allergens – and in many cases, specific foods. In the same appointment, a child meets with a team member from pediatric allergy, gastroenterology and nutrition for comprehensive care, testing and consultation.
Symptoms of EoE
- Abdominal pain
- Failure to thrive (not meeting expected growth or height targets)
- Feeding/swallowing difficulties
Treatment for EoE can be broad, but varies from food avoidance to anti-inflammatory medications. Children might be evaluated for possible allergies. The dietitian also offers guidance for families on elimination diets, food avoidance and related nutritional issues.
Some children also might develop esophageal strictures (narrowing or tightening of the esophagus), which can lead to food becoming caught in the esophagus (impaction). The team may schedule an endoscopy for diagnosis or to dilate esophageal strictures if needed.