Eosinophilic Gastointestinal Disorders (EGIDs) are a group of disorders characterized by increased number of eosinophils, a special type of white blood cell, in different parts of the digestive system.
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is the most common of these disorders. EoE is present when there are an increased number of eosinophils in the esophagus (the tube that connects mouth to stomach). Generally speaking, there are no eosinophils in a healthy esophagus, as opposed to other ares of the digestive tract which do have some eosinophils in a healthy state. There are other factors in categorizing EoE and the most common clinical features include feeding problems, swallowing problems, vomiting, reflux, heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, chest pain, or food impactions (food gets stuck in esophagus). These symptoms are often different based on the age of the patient.
Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG)
Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE)
Eosinophilic Colitis (EC)