Little-known disease growing dramatically [Science Blog]

by Limbic on August 27, 2004

Science Blog:

A new study shows that rates of a recently identified and debilitating disorder called eosinophilic esophagitis have risen so dramatically in recent years that they may be at higher levels than that of other inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. ”Despite this explosion in incidence rates, there is so little information available about the disease that patients often suffer for a number of years before a diagnosis is made.” Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is characterized by severely elevated levels of eosinophils — a type of white blood cell — in the esophagus. These eosinophils grow in an uncontrolled manner and attack the gastrointestinal system, leading to vomiting and difficulty with growth and swallowing food.

Our office cleaner has this illness. She is on a heavily restricted diet. By her description is it is dire.

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