Dietary treatment of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders in children

Carolina Gutiérrez-Junquera, Noam Zevit*

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Purpose of reviewTo provide an overview of recent developments on dietary treatment of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) in children.Recent findingsFood antigens are the main triggers of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE); however, currently available allergy tests cannot reliably identify eliciting antigens. Studies evaluating the six-food empiric elimination diet (6FED-milk, wheat/gluten, egg, soy/legumes, nuts and fish/seafood) have shown histological remission rates of 72%. Milk, egg, wheat/gluten, and, to a lesser extent, soy/legumes were the most frequent food triggers with only one or two culprit foods identified for most patients. A 4-food elimination strategy afforded a 64% remission rate. A step-up two-four-six food elimination diet generated a 43% remission rate at the two-food elimination stage, and similar reported rates for 4FED and 6FED. Endoscopic procedures were reduced by a 20% compared with 6FED. In a prospective study including 63 children, exclusive milk elimination has been effective in 44% of them. Controlled elimination and reintroduction with histological assessment is necessary.SummaryDietary therapy of EoE has evolved from more restrictive to less restrictive diets to provide better balance between efficacy vs. nutritional deficiencies and quality of life. Data on efficacy of dietary therapy in other EGIDs are very scarce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-216
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2020


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Dr Falk Pharma ltd


    • dietary therapy
    • eosinophilic esophagitis
    • eosinophilic gastritis
    • eosinophilic gastroenteritis
    • food antigen
    • nutrition


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