Eosinophilic gastroenteritis

Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis is a rare disease in which the lining of the stomach, small intestines and large intestines become infiltrated with eosinophilis. Eosinophilis is a type of white blood cell.

Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis can spread to other organs. It mostly affects children and young adults. Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis is also referred to as EG.

Symptoms?

The most common symptoms are:

  • abdominal pain
  • weight loss
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • bloody diarrhea

Causes?

The exact cause of esoinophilic gastroenteritis is unknown. Hypersensitivity to certain foods or other unknown allergens may be a cause. Often, a family history of allergy is present. Asthma, hay fever or eczema is common in patients. Food allergies are common.

Treatment Options for Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis?

Esoinophilic gastroenteritis can be treated. Corticosteriod medications like prednisone are usually successful in treating eosinophilic gastroenteritis. Sometimes budesonide can be helpful. Immunosuppressive drugs like azathioprine have sometimes effective. Surgery may be necessary in severe cases in which there is an obstruction of the intestines.

How is Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Your doctor will take a biopsy of the tissue in your stomach, small intestines and large intestines to see if you have eosinophilic gastroenteritis.