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 (EE) occurs when there is a high level of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach). It can be triggered by food allergies or intolerance. A diet that avoids food proteins (amino-acid based formulas) can help. People with EE 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.