Brian and Lisa Wagner Family Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Clinic

The Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic evaluates and treats this disorder in children. Our specialists from the division of Allergy & Immunology and the division of Gastroenterology have been trained in various medical specialties and have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of evaluation and comprehensive treatment for eosinophilic disorders. Read More...

Kishore Rajeev
Rajeev Kishore, MD
Director, Allergy/Immunology Division

Kassabian Sirvart
Sirvart Kassabian, MD, MHSA
Pediatric Gastroenterologist

George Mary
Mary George, CNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Keilin Dawn
Dawn Keilin, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner

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Overview

The Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic cares for infants, children and teens affected by eosinophilic disorders of the esophagus. The clinic is staffed by a team pediatric specialists, including a gastroenterologist, an allergist/immunologist, as well as certified nurse practitioners, a dietitian and a social worker. This team provides patients with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for their condition.

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) occurs when the body overreacts to an allergy-triggering food or substance in the throat, sending a toxic amount of specialized white blood cells to fight the allergen. These cells are called eosinophils. The result can be inflammation and tissue damage in the esophagus.

Symptoms of EOE include:

  • Poor weight gain
  • Refusal to eat
  • Frequent vomiting with meals
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain or discomfort with swallowing
  • Chest, throat, or abdominal pain
  • Food getting stuck in the throat
  • Persistent cough

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What To Expect

To diagnose EOE, the center will conduct a physical and collect a detailed medical history. If EOE is suspected, the gastroenterologist will perform an upper endoscopy and esophageal biopsies to look for increased eosinophils.

Diet changes are one of the primary ways to treat EOE. When allergenic foods are removed from the diet, the throat inflammation can heal and the other symptoms may go away. Allergy testing will determine which foods need to be removed from the diet.

An elemental, or liquid diet, may also be considered. There are also drug therapies. The center works with patients to determine the best option for them.

Frequent follow-up helps ensure the best possible management of eosinophilic disorders. A detailed assessment is provided, including recommendations for disease management and treatment.

Your care team will provide strategies for dealing with social events and other struggles associated with eosinophilic disorders. In addition, patients and families will receive information on nutrition, advocacy and family resources, frequently asked questions and patient stories.

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Brian and Lisa Wagner Family Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Clinic
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Akron Children's Hospital
Center for Allergy & Immunology
130 W. Exchange Street
Akron , OH 44302
Phone: 330-543-0140
Fax: 330-543-5207
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