Eosinophilic oesophagitis

Alyson Kakakios and Ralf G Heine
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00620.x
Published online: 2 October 2006

Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EO), an isolated eosinophilic inflammation of the oesophagus, is the most common of the eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. EO is of increasing clinical significance in many developed countries,1 in parallel with the recent increase in food allergic disorders. A retrospective study of Western Australian children reported a dramatic rise in prevalence of EO (from 0.05 cases per 10 000 children in 1995 to 0.89 cases per 10 000 children in 2004) (Level III-2).2 The estimated prevalence in the US population aged 0–19 years is even higher, at 4.3 cases per 10 000 individuals.3

  • Alyson Kakakios1
  • Ralf G Heine2

  • 1 Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



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