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Focus on Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinic
January 24, 2017

Girish Hiremath, M.D., M.P.H.

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) are a group of diseases including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE; esophagus involved), eosinophilic gastritis (EG; stomach involved), eosinophilic duodenitis (ED; small intestine involved) or eosinophilic colitis (EC; large intestine involved). These disorders span a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty swallowing, pain during swallowing, abdominal pain, slow growth, or diarrhea. These symptoms occur in combination with increased numbers of a particular type of white blood cells called ‘eosinophil’ in the gastrointestinal lining.

EoE is the most common EGID and is probably the most well-studied. Yet, there is a lot to be understood about this condition. It is known to affect all ages. It is diagnosed by considering clinical and pathological information. Endoscopy with biopsy is considered the only reliable diagnostic test to identify EoE.

The EGID clinic offers comprehensive coordination for the diagnosis, treatment, intervention, nutritional assessment and education of EoE, EG, ED, and EC. Procedures arranged through the clinic include: endoscopy with biopsy, interventional esophageal dilation, pH impedance studies, esophageal motility, allergy testing and more. The clinical team includes Girish Hiremath, M.D., MPH and Elizabeth Rogers, RD.

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