Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis

Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis

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Summary

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.

Expanded overview

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.

Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a type of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder that is closely related to eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and eosinophilic colitis (EC).

Causes

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.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of this condition may include:

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