Clinical lesson: eosinophilic oesophagitis, a new diagnosis to swallow
- 1Department of Gastroenterology, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- 2Department of Surgery, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- 3Department of Histopathology, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- 4Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK
- Correspondence to Dr C A Lamb, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside Hospital, North Shields, UK;
Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE) is a recently described condition that has gained increasing recognition over the past 5 years. Despite this, many clinicians remain unaware of EoE, often leading to diagnostic delay and therefore significant morbidity. The diagnosis of EoE should be considered in any patient with a history of intermittent or continuous dysphagia, or oesophageal food impaction. It should be strongly suspected in young patients, particularly men, presenting with dysphagia and a history of atopy. Here, three patients are presented that highlight common features of EoE. In addition, a clinical review of the worldwide literature is provided to heighten physician awareness and understanding of the condition.
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