Medical News Summary: Digestive system disorder is gaining awareness with itís increasing prevalence amongst children


About: Digestive system disorder is gaining awareness with itís increasing prevalence amongst children
Date: 30 January 2005
Source: Arizona Daily Star
Author: Carla McClain
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Arizona Daily Star): It is estimated that 22,000 American children (1 in 10,000) may be affected by a disease called eosinophilic disorder. The incidence of this disease has grown markedly over the last five years and it has only become a recognized disease in the last five years. A boy suffering from vomiting, severe pain, intolerance to food and failure to thrive took two years to be diagnosed with eosinophilic gastroenteritis which is a very severe form of eosinophilic disorder where the whole digestive tract is affected. Eosinophilic disorder is a condition where high numbers of eosinophils (allergy-related white blood cells) cause inflammation of the digestive tract. The condition is caused by allergies to many foods and can be triggered or exacerbated by airborne allergies. Eosinophilic esophagitis is inflammation only of the bottom end of the esophagus. This condition is believed to be more prevalent in children than Crohnís disease or ulcerative colitis. Eosinophilic esophagitis or esoinophilic gastroenteritis are often misdiagnosed with acid reflux or chronic heartburn because they have similar symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, choking, cramping, diarrhea and weight loss. Very few testing facilities for the condition are available in the US and awareness and knowledge of the condition is poor leading to low rates of diagnosis and high rates of misdiagnosis. Leaving the condition untreated leads to scarring and thickening of the esophagus which makes swallowing painful and difficult. Treatment of the condition involves determining the foods causing the allergy and then eliminating them as well as taking steroid and asthma drugs. One boyís digestive system was so damaged that he had to be fed via a stomach feeding tube for 8 months to allow his system to heal. Then the long process of determining the allergens can begin.
Related Disease Topics: Eosinophilic disorder, Eosinophilic gastroenteritis, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Inflammation, Allergy, Food allergy, Crohnís disease, Ulcerative colitis, Acid reflux, Chronic heartburn
Related Symptom Topics: Vomiting, pain, food intolerance, failure to thrive, nausea, choking, cramping, diarrhea, weight loss

Related Medical News Channels: This medical news summary article refers to the following medical channel categories:
  • Digestive system disorder
  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and eosinophilic disorder
  • Diagnosis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Diagnosis and eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Diagnosis and inflammation
  • Diagnosis and allergy
  • Diagnosis and food allergy
  • Diagnosis and Crohnís disease
  • Diagnosis and ulcerative colitis
  • Diagnosis and acid reflux
  • Diagnosis and chronic heartburn
  • Diagnosis and vomiting
  • Diagnosis and pain
  • Diagnosis and food intolerance
  • Diagnosis and failure to thrive
  • Diagnosis and nausea
  • Diagnosis and choking
  • Diagnosis and cramping
  • Diagnosis and diarrhea
  • Diagnosis and weight loss
  • Misdiagnosis (type of Medical misadventure)
  • Misdiagnosis and eosinophilic disorder
  • Misdiagnosis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Misdiagnosis and eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Misdiagnosis and inflammation
  • misdiagnosis and allergy
  • misdiagnosis and food allergy
  • misdiagnosis and acid reflux
  • Misdiagnosis and chronic heartburn
  • Misdiagnosis and vomiting
  • misdiagnosis and pain
  • Misdiagnosis and food intolerance
  • Misdiagnosis and failure to thrive
  • Misdiagnosis and nausea
  • Misdiagnosis and choking
  • Misdiagnosis and cramping
  • misdiagnosis and diarrhea
  • Misdiagnosis and weight loss
  • Undiagnosed
  • Undiagnosed and eosinophilic disorder
  • Undiagnosed and eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Undiagnosed and eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Undiagnosed and inflammation
  • Undiagnosed and allergy
  • Undiagnosed and food allergy
  • Undiagnosed and Crohnís disease
  • Undiagnosed and ulcerative colitis
  • Undiagnosed and acid reflux
  • Undiagnosed and chronic heartburn
  • Undiagnosed and vomiting
  • Undiagnosed and pain
  • Undiagnosed and food intolerance
  • Undiagnosed and failure to thrive
  • Undiagnosed and nausea
  • Undiagnosed and choking
  • Undiagnosed and cramping
  • Undiagnosed and diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed and weight loss
  • Medication
  • Medication and eosinophilic disorder
  • Medication and eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Medication and eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Medication and inflammation
  • medication and allergy
  • medication and food allergy
  • medication and acid reflux
  • Medication and chronic heartburn
  • medication and vomiting
  • medication and pain
  • Medication and food intolerance
  • Medication and failure to thrive
  • medication and nausea
  • medication and choking
  • medication and cramping
  • medication and diarrhea
  • medication and weight loss
  • Diagnosis
  • Cause of eosinophilic disorder
  • Cause of eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Cause of eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Cause of inflammation
  • cause of allergy
  • cause of food allergy
  • cause of acid reflux
  • Cause of chronic heartburn
  • cause of vomiting
  • cause of pain
  • Cause of food intolerance
  • cause of failure to thrive
  • cause of nausea
  • cause of choking
  • cause of cramping
  • cause of diarrhea
  • cause of weight loss

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