The biopsies results are in on Peter’s endoscopy, and we finally have a diagnosis. Eosinophilic esophagitis. I know…I thought the same thing…what in the world is that? It is the inflammation of the esophagus, due to allergies. I am including some info I got off the internet for those people who want more details. I cannot even pronounce this so I am not of much help for the medically curious among you. At this point, we will add a medicine for about a month to see if that can reduce the inflammation. Then we have a follow up visit with the doctor. It is a relief to finally know the cause of the pain…and that it is treatable. Thank you for all of your prayers. Continue to pray that this treatment will do the trick, because it gets more complicated if this type medicine doesn’t work. Poor Peter, he always has the difficult allergic things to deal with, sinus, throat, and now this. However, we are blessed that God provided a “smart guesser” and many faithful praying friends. Thank you all.
Internet Info on Eosinophilic Esophagitis (or the much easier EE for short.)
Doctors believe that eosinophilic esophagitis is a type of esophagitis that is caused by allergy just like asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis even though the exact substance that is causing the allergy is not known. The hallmark of eosinophilic esophagitis is the presence of large numbers of eosinophils in the tissue just beneath the inner lining of the esophagus.
Eosinophils are white blood cells (leukocytes) manufactured in the bone marrow and are one of many types of cells that actively promote inflammation. They are particularly active in the type of inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Thus, large number of eosinophils can accumulate in tissues such as the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, and sometimes in the blood when individuals are exposed to an allergen. The allergen(s) that causes eosinophilic esophagitis is not known. It is not even known whether the allergen is inhaled or ingested. Eosinophilic esophagitis is more common among individuals with other allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.
Eosinophilic esophagitis affects both children and adults. For unknown reasons, men are more commonly affected than women, and it is most commonly found among young boys and men.