Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG)

Eosinophilic gastritis is a rare disorder that involves elevated levels of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell that fight allergens) in the stomach causing inflammation that leads to problems with the digestion and absorption of nutrition.


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What is Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG)?

Eosinophilic gastritis (EG) is a very rare disorder that involves unusually high amounts of eosinophils – a certain type of white blood cell that fight allergens – in the stomach causing inflammation. The inflammation can disrupt the stomach from appropriately digesting and absorbing nutrition.

Eosinophilic gastritis (EG) is a type of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) that is closely related to eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE) and eosinophilic colitis (EC). Like other EGIDs, EG might be associated with other atopic conditions such as food allergies, asthma and atopic dermatitis.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG)?


What are the causes of Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG)?

It is suspected that food most often triggers EG inflammation. However, why an individual reacts to certain foods to trigger EG inflammation is unknown.


How is Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG) treated?

Treating EG with a comprehensive plan

  • The UT Southwestern pediatric specialists at Children’s Health are experts in diagnosing and treating digestive and nutrition issues in children. We tailor our approach using child-friendly language, equipment and amenities to help the children feel comfortable and at ease. 
  • When we see your child for an initial visit, you can expect us to thoroughly review medical records, including surgeries or endoscopies, blood work and previous allergy testing.
  • Next steps may involve additional blood tests, endoscopy, allergy testing and imaging. We will engage our entire team in developing a treatment plan. A food elimination diet is a common course of action, and we may introduce steroids and/or medications used to target GI inflammation.


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