Eosinophilic Esophagitis Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an increasingly common allergic inflammatory disease and chronic disorder that affects your esophagus. It can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms like heartburn and, in children, it can interfere with their physical development. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, the board-certified specialists can help you manage your symptoms and prevent further complications. To book your appointment, call the nearest clinic or use the online booking tool.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Q & A

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a disease that happens when a type of white blood cell called eosinophil accumulates in your esophagus. 

The buildup of white blood cells causes inflammation which can result in abdominal pain and make eating uncomfortable, among other symptoms. 

If you don’t treat it, the inflammation increases and results in fibrosis and strictures that can cause your esophagus to narrow. A narrow esophagus can cause food to get stuck, which is a medical emergency.

What are the Symptoms of EoE?

EoE can result in a number of symptoms associated with gastrointestinal reflux disease. Some of these include:

  • Persistent acid reflux
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Food impaction
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Poor appetite 
  • Difficulty sleeping


Children with this condition may also show poor growth, malnutrition, or unintended weight loss. 

How is Eosinophilic Esophagitis Diagnosed?

Your specialist at Illinois Gastroenterology Group takes a detailed medical history to evaluate your symptoms. 

Since the symptoms of EoE are similar to other conditions, your doctor uses an endoscopy procedure to rule out other common issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

During the endoscopy, your specialist inserts a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope into your mouth, down through the esophagus, to your stomach and small intestine. 

The endoscope has a fiber-optic camera and light on the end of it, which allows your doctor to visualize the inside of your digestive tract and examine it for inflammation and other signs of EoE. If needed, your doctor can take a biopsy of any abnormal growths for lab testing.

What are the Treatments for EoE?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic condition, and at Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the team focuses on getting your symptoms to a manageable level. Your doctor may suggest one or a combination of treatments that include:

  • Dietary Changes: If certain foods trigger the allergic reaction that is the cause of your EoE, your specialist can help you develop a dietary plan that avoids these foods but still ensures you get a nutrient-rich diet.
  • Medication: Medication like proton pump inhibitors can relieve symptoms of acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces. If your condition is due to allergies, topical steroids can help control your body’s reaction to allergens.
  • Dilation: If your condition is advanced and you suffer from a narrowing esophagus, your provider can recommend dilation therapy. This treatment helps stretch out your esophagus to make swallowing easier and to reduce any related symptoms


If you suffer from regular heartburn and tests conclude you don’t have acid reflux, GERD, or other common gastrointestinal diseases, you may have eosinophilic esophagitis. 

Call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment for a diagnosis and to start your treatment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group.