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Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center

Locations:

Plano

6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093


Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:


Denison
In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:


McKinney
7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:


Allen
In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 200
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:


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Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases

What are the eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases?


Allergic eosinophilic esophagitis (AEE or EE) and allergic eosinophilic gastroenteritis (AEG or EG) are diseases in which the lining of the GI tract becomes inflamed and infiltrated by a type of white blood cell called eosinophils. Specific foods may cause a worsening of symptoms.


Are AEG and AEE common?


No, these are very rare diseases.


What causes this disorder?


The underlying cause of AEE and AEG are not well understood, but it appears that allergic antibodies (IgE) and T-lymphocytes (T-cells) may both be involved in this disease.


What are the signs and symptoms of AEG and AEE?


Patients may experience abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, GI bleeding, anemia, and weight loss or poor growth. These symptoms typically worsen when a patient ingests food allergens they are sensitized to.


How is a diagnosis of AEE or AEG made?


Patients with eosinophilic GI disease will have increased numbers of eosinophils seen on biopsy of their GI tract.


Is food allergy a problem in all patients with AEE or AEG?


About half of patients with these diseases will have allergic antibody to specific foods, but eliminating the relevant foods from the diet does not always reduce symptoms. Other patients may have a different form of food intolerance mediated by T-cells, which is harder to demonstrate with lab tests.


How are these diseases managed?


In patients who had a specific food intolerance or allergy, the offending foods should be avoided. It may take 3 to 8 weeks for symptoms to improve once the food is completely eliminated from the diet. Some patients need to take steroid medications or other drugs that suppress immune responses to control their symptoms. In severe cases individuals may need to go on an elemental diet of amino acids to reduce their symptoms.