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Allergic inflammatory reaction of the esophagus (eosinophilic esophagitis) is often misdiagnosed as GERD because it has similar symptoms. A biopsy needs to be done to determine which condition it is. Allergenic foods often associated with eosinophilic esophagitis are cow's milk, soy, egg, wheat and some airborne allergens. Symptoms of EE include stomach pain, chest pain, choking, cramping, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, failure to thrive, nausea, reflux not alleviated by normal reflux therapy, skin rash, vomiting and weight loss.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Allergies
About: Eosinophilic esophagitis may be misdiagnosed with GERD
Date: 30 October 2004
Author: Judy Tidwell
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