Eosinophilic Esophagitis is an inflammatory condition that causes difficulty swallowing.
Patients often complain of heartburn, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting and food sticking in the esophagus and may at times require an emergency procedure to remove a piece of food lodged in the esophagus.
The diagnosis is made with an endoscopy, which involves passing a flexible tube through the mouth into the esophagus to directly visualize the lining of the esophagus and obtain tissue biopsy samples.
Eosinophilic Esophagitis is likely caused by an allergic reaction to certain foods or other environmental agents. Treatment consists of avoiding these inciting factors or using medications such as Proton Pump Inhibitors or steroids.