The link between allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis: Implications for management strategies

  • Brown-Whitehorn T
  • Spergel J
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Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) has an increased incidence of diagnosis similar to other atopic diseases. We present a recent literature review of the common features between atopic diseases (i.e., asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis) and EE. All of the disorders have allergen triggers and evidence of a possible Th2 inflammation at the site of disease. Murine models have also shown similar features with the importance of T cells and Th2 cytokines for the development of disease. The diseases share underlying inflammation with the potential for remodeling with an increase in TGF-beta expression in asthma and EE. However, differences do exist between the diseases in treatment and pathogenesis. For EE, there are two basic treatment options: avoidance of the food triggers or treatment of the eosinophilic inflammation with corticosteroids.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Murine models
  • Th2 cytokines

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