Eosinophilic Disorders

Also called: Eosinophilia

Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell. They help fight off infections and play a role in your body's immune response. They can also build up and cause inflammation.

Normally your blood doesn't have a large number of eosinophils. Your body may produce more of them in response to

  • Allergic disorders
  • Skin conditions
  • Parasitic and fungal infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Some cancers
  • Bone marrow disorders

In some conditions, the eosinophils can move outside the bloodstream and build up in organs and tissues. Treatment of the problem depends on the cause.

Symptoms of Eosinophilic Disorders

The following features are indicative of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • difficulty swallowing
  • food impaction
  • chest pain
  • persistent heartburn
  • upper abdominal pain
  • regurgitation
  • vomiting
  • poor growth, malnutrition and weight loss in children
It is possible that Eosinophilic Disorders shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Eosinophilic Disorders

The following are the most common causes of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • scarring, narrowing and formation of excessive fibrous tissue in the lining of esophagus
  • multiplication of eosinophils
  • asthma
  • difficulty swallowing
  • chronic respiratory disease

Risk Factors for Eosinophilic Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • cold or dry climate
  • spring and fall season
  • being males
  • family history
  • allergy
  • asthma
  • young and older age

Prevention of Eosinophilic Disorders

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Eosinophilic Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • maintain healthy weight
  • avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn
  • elevate the head of your bed

Occurrence of Eosinophilic Disorders

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Eosinophilic Disorders cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Eosinophilic Disorders can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Eosinophilic Disorders can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Eosinophilic Disorders

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • Upper endoscopy: To inspect the lining of esophagus for inflammation and swelling, horizontal rings, vertical furrows, narrowing (strictures) and white spots
  • Tissue biopsy: To diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Blood tests: To look for higher than normal eosinophil counts or total immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels
  • Food-patch test: To diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis

Doctor for Diagnosis of Eosinophilic Disorders

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Eosinophilic Disorders if untreated

Yes, Eosinophilic Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Eosinophilic Disorders is left untreated:
  • scarring of esophagus
  • narrowing of esophagus
  • perforation or tears in the esophageal lining tissue

Procedures for Treatment of Eosinophilic Disorders

The following procedures are used to treat Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • Dilation therapy: To help make swallowing easier

Self-care for Eosinophilic Disorders

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • Maintain healthy weight: Helps in reducing the frequency or severity of symptoms
  • Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn: Helps in reducing the frequency or severity of symptoms

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Eosinophilic Disorders

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Eosinophilic Disorders:
  • Relaxation therapies: Helps to reduce signs and symptoms of heartburn or reflux
  • Acupuncture: Helps people with regurgitation and heartburn

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Eosinophilic Disorders.

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