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Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE)

What is Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE)?

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

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

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE)?

What are the causes of Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE)?

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

How is Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE) treated?

Treating EGE 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.

Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE) Doctors and Providers