Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGIDs)

Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGIDs)

Hear Avani's Story

Avani, age 9, and her parents, talk about her experience with eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic reaction that causes damage and inflammation to the esophagus which affects her ability to eat. They explain how the pediatric specialists at Swedish helped Avani get back to living a normal and healthy life.


Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) occurs when there is a high level of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the lining of the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach).  EoE is triggered by food allergies.  Treatments, aimed at reducing the allergic inflammation, include elimination diets, special hypoallergenic medical foods, as well as oral medications.   People with EoE may also have have other allergic diseases such as rhinitis, asthma and/or eczema. The condition affects people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, and in certain families it may be genetic.

Related Links

Diet and Nutrition
Food Allergies
New Washington State Law to Help Children with Food Allergies

Learn More  

NIH Guidelines for Food Allergies
American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation
Eosinophilic Disorders: Questions and Answers


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