Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders Program (EoE)

Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders Program (EoE)

Dallas Eosinophilic GI Diseases and Esophagitis Program (DEEP)

The only comprehensive pediatric EoE program in Dallas – Fort Worth

The Dallas Eosinophilic GI Diseases and Esophagitis Program (DEEP) provides leading-edge, multidisciplinary care for children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and other eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs).

A newly-defined condition, EoE is characterized by chronic inflammation of the esophagus that can make it difficult for your child to swallow foods. The condition can lead to narrowing – and even scarring – of the esophagus over time. If left untreated, it negatively impacts normal growth because of feeding issues.

EoE and other EGIDs are often seen in patients who have other allergic disorders, such as asthma, eczema and food allergies.

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A Family's Gratitude

J Belle’s family thought she had GERD as a baby but didn’t give up when she wasn’t getting better. Connecting with the DEEP team at Children’s Health meant the family finally arrived at a diagnosis of EoE and more importantly, a plan to treat it.

“Not many places have a dedicated EoE practice,” said her dad. “That’s one of the blessings of Children’s.”

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A collaborative approach, and a coordinated care plan for EoE

EoE is a complex condition that can have a significant impact on your child’s physical and mental health. It requires advanced care from a multidisciplinary DEEP team, including:

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  • Gastroenterologists
  • Allergist
  • Psychologist
  • Allergy dietitian

At the DEEP clinic, your child will see all of these specialists – under one roof – to create a personalized care plan. Motivating your child to follow their EoE care plan is critical, as the condition can lead to narrowing of the esophagus and the need to stretch the esophagus periodically if left untreated. We are by your side with care and support.

What is EoE?

Your child’s pediatrician may make a referral to a GI specialist if your child experiences the following:

  • Abdominal pain in combination with another allergy condition, such as eczema, allergic rhinitis, asthma or food allergies
  • Choking and gagging on certain foods
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Oral aversion and picky eating
  • Trouble swallowing or feeling of food getting stuck in the esophagus, also known as the food pipe
  • Vomiting

Diagnosing EoE

The gold standard in diagnosing pediatric EoE is an endoscopy with biopsy, so your GI specialist will arrange for this procedure and initiate entrance into our specialized clinic based on the results.

If you think your child may have EoE or another EGIDs talk to your pediatrician. Diagnosis is made using a safe procedure that involves looking inside the esophagus with the help of a camera. Treatment for EoE includes steroids and/or elimination of the most common food allergens.

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