[Eosinophilic esophagitis--the experience in a tertiary pediatric center].

Anat Guz-Mark*, Noam Zevitt, Yoram Rosenbach, Sara Morgenstern, Dana Reznik, Keren Davidson, Raanan Shamir, Gilat Livni

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Abstract

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disorder with increasing prevalence. It typically presents with swallowing difficulties, heartburn or dyspepsia, and in toddlers, failure to thrive. EoE is characterized by eosinophilic infiltrates of the esophageal mucosa, and endoscopies with tissue diagnosis are mandatory. Hypersensitivity has been implicated in the pathogenesis, therefore, most treatment options include steroids and allergen avoidance. To summarize a tertiary pediatric clinic's experience with EoE in children and adolescents, describe the spectrum of clinical presentations and treatment options, and raise awareness of this disorder among medical personnel. A retrospective, descriptive study of patients diagnosed with EoE at our institute over the past 5 years. Demographic details, presenting symptoms, laboratory studies, endoscopic and pathologic findings were analyzed. Information regarding medical and nutritional therapies and response to treatment were summarized. Fifteen cases of EoE in children and adolescents are described. Average age at diagnosis was 9 years (range 0.7-161. The most common complaint was dysphagia (60%e. The majority demonstrated food allergies 19/121. Most of the patients were treated with topical ingested steroids, while others had either elemental formula or allergen elimination. Favorable responses were seen in most patients treated with steroids (8/11). Long-term results of nutritional therapy are insufficient to draw conclusions on its efficacy. EoE causes major eating difficulties and affects quality of life in children, sometimes accompanied by failure to thrive. There is a clear association with food allergies, and positive responses to steroids are common. A high index of suspicion and referral to a gastroenterologist for definite diagnosis are required. Combining medical with nutritional treatment seems promising but further studies regarding the long-term outcome are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-437, 492
JournalHarefuah
Volume150
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011

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