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TOPIC: When You Wish Gluten Intol Was All You Were (EGID)

When You Wish Gluten Intol Was All You Were (EGID) 07 Jun 2009 15:52 #704

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From American Partnership for Eosinophilic Gastro Disorder

A growing number of children and adults suffer from a chronic and complex group of disorders described as Eosinophilic (ee-oh-sin-oh-fill-ick) Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGID). These disorders are characterized by having above normal amounts of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in one or more specific places anywhere in the digestive system. EGID is further subdivided into organ-specific diagnosis. For example, Eosinophilic Gastritis means eosinophils infiltrating the stomach. "itis" means inflammation. While visual inflammation is not always present, inflammation may be apparent under the microscope.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE): high numbers of eosinophils occurring in the esophagus.    Learn more: Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG): high numbers of eosinophils in the stomach.
Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE): affects the stomach and small intestine.
Eosinophilic Colitis (EC): describes the occurrence of high numbers of eosinophils in the large intestine.

Above normal amounts of eosinophils within the digestive system may or may not be enough to diagnose a person with an EGID; what the eosinophils are doing while present is equally important. Currently, without a standardization of diagnostic criteria, medical institutions use different variations of the same criteria including: inflammation, numbers and activity of eosinophils, and symptoms.

The increased numbers of eosinophils present does not always indicate EGID.  Other inflammatory cells and other inflammatory changes that include eosinophils, but which are not exclusively eosinophilic, are common in other inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

 For more information about EGID please hit the link at the top
 

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