When the regimen was complete, participants showed an improvement in symptoms and a reduction in esophageal tissue damage associated with EoE. Also, 78 percent of participants saw eosinophil cell counts in their esophagus go down by half.
Cases of EoE generally appear to be on the rise. The Mayo Clinic reports that it was among the first U.S. medical centers to publish research on incidence, and cited a more than tenfold increase in EoE cases in the last 30 years.
The Mayo’s patient information page on EoE notes that treatment involves one or more of these three strategies:
- Dietary therapy, when the inflammation of the esophagus appears to be food-related. Doctors might perform a skin-prick test or prescribe an elimination diet.
- Medications, usually steroids to decrease white blood cells in the esophagus, lessen inflammation and give the esophagus a chance to heal. The steroids that are prescribed are typically not the kind that produce unwanted side effects.
- Experimental therapies, including asthma medications and acid-blocking medications. Mayo is among the research centers now looking at such experimental treatments.
“Food Elimination Diet Identifies Causes of Difficulty Swallowing and Swelling of the Throat.” American Gastroenterological Association press release. Web. 8 October 2012.
“Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” MayoClinic.com. Web. 8 October 2012.
Reviewed October 9, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith