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Brian and Lisa Wagner Family Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic

We are one of the few dedicated clinical programs for children with eosinophilic esophagitis, a growing cause of digestive system problems that's closely related to food and environmental allergens. The Akron Children's Hospital team includes pediatric specialists from allergy and immunology and gastroenterology who have special training and experience in treating this chronic immune system disease.

About eosinophilic esophagitis.

Eosinophil is a type of white blood cell. When it builds up in the lining of the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus), it causes a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux. This reaction can inflame or injure the esophageal tissue. Damaged esophageal tissue can lead to difficulty swallowing or cause food to get caught when you swallow.

EE 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 EE 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

The only way to diagnose EE is by an endoscopy with biopsies of the esophageal lining. After your child has been diagnosed with EE, he or she will work with one of our allergists and undergo extensive allergy testing. The testing will help us identify possible food and/or environmental causes of your child’s symptoms. 

Our goals for care include:

  • Alleviation of symptoms
  • Clear biopsy
  • Prevention of future complications
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Allergy & Immunology, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery Street
Level 3
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-5207
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eosinophilic esophagitis, eoe, cyclic vomiting syndrome, esophageal reflux, food allergies, swallowing disorders