Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a rare disorder that causes elevated levels of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) in the gastrointestinal tract and blood, as well as food-related reactions.
A very rare disorder, eosinophilic gastroenteritis causes unusually high amounts of eosinophils – a certain type of white blood cell – in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the bloodstream. The condition can also cause food-related allergic reactions. If a child has tried an elimination diet (methodically removing one or more foods from the diet for a period of time in an attempt to pinpoint an allergen) to try to decrease food allergy-like symptoms with no relief, that child may have eosinophilic gastroenteritis.
In most cases, the cause of eosinophilic gastroenteritis cannot be pinpointed. However, there seems to be a connection to a personal or family history of food allergies.
Signs and symptoms of this condition may include: