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Eosinophilic esophagitis is a hypersensitivity condition characterised by extreme reactions to the proteins in food products. Sufferers consume their nutrients by liquid meals of hypo-allergenic amino acid based formulas that has a chalky consistency. Symptoms are usually non-specific and include abdominal cramping, bloating, vomiting, trouble swallowing and diarrhea, which leads to misdiagnosis in many cases, particularly with reflux disease. In children it causes growth retardation as the child cannot absorb essential nutrients and energy to grow. Identification of specific food allergies is a timely process that involves challenges with certain foods for a set amount of time, followed by a gastroscopy. Gastroscopy is when a flexible tube with a camera on the end is passed down the esophagus into the stomach to view the tissue that lines a persons food pipe. The best management of the life long condition is avoidance of foods that trigger an allergic response.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by WNDU
About: Food allergy: Eosinophilic esophagitis
Date: 29 June 2005
Author: Kari Huston
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