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.
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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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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.
Your child’s pediatrician may make a referral to a GI specialist if your child experiences the following:
The gold standard in diagnosing pediatric EoE is laparoscopic endoscopy, 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.