Our pediatric gastroenterology team provides expert care for children who have eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE). We’re experienced in diagnosing the condition early, so your child can start treatment quickly for the best possible health. Our pediatric gastroenterologists (doctors who specialize in digestive diseases), allergists, pathologists and nutritionists work together in one location, so your child can get the care they need in a single visit.
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE) is a chronic (long-term) disorder that affects the stomach and small intestine. The condition occurs when the body produces too many eosinophils, a specific type of white blood cells.
As part of the immune system, eosinophils help fight allergies and infections by promoting inflammation. But with EGE, the inflammation starts or continues even when it is unneeded. Over time, the inflammation can lead to tissue damage and other symptoms and may prevent your child’s digestive system from absorbing nutrients from food.
Children’s Health℠ pediatric gastroenterologists are experts in diagnosing and treating digestive disorders and nutrition problems in children. In our evaluation, we do a complete physical exam of your child. We also ask you about their personal and family medical history and any signs or symptoms you’ve noticed. We also review your child’s medical records, including previous surgeries, procedures, blood work and allergy testing.
To confirm a diagnosis, your child may need one or more additional tests, which may include:
We are committed to using child-friendly language, equipment and amenities, so your child feels comfortable and at ease while in our care.
Food allergies most often trigger EGE in children. However, doctors don’t always know the exact causes of EGE. Factors that might increase your child’s risk of EGE include:
EGE is one type of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID). Other EGIDs that affect other areas inside the digestive system include:
At Children’s Health, our pediatric gastroenterology team treats EGE with medications, dietary changes or both treatment options.
To treat inflammation, we may prescribe oral (taken by mouth) medications such as:
We help you and your child make dietary changes to eliminate or reduce the triggers of inflammation. Depending on your child’s specific health needs, we may recommend one of these nutrition plans:
Our highly trained gastroenterologists and their teams work quickly to identify your child’s trigger foods and treat inflammation before EGE causes serious problems. Schedule an appointment today.
Children with a history of allergies such as asthma, eczema and food allergies are more likely to develop EGE. EGE affects more boys than girls, and EGIDs overall are slightly more common among older children and adults.
Although EGE has no cure, the good news is that proper treatment can control your child’s symptoms. The sooner we can diagnose and treat your child, the sooner we can help get your child’s nutrition back on track for life.