Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Update on Clinicopathological Manifestations and Pathophysiology

Glenn T. Furuta


Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2011;27(4):383-388. 

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Abstract and Introduction


Purpose of review Over the course of the last year, a number of studies have brought new insights into the clinical presentation, pathogenesis, and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis, some of which will be summarized here.
Recent findings This swell of research and clinical need resulted in revision of the 2007 Consensus Recommendations. In addition, new insights into key clinicopathological features including symptoms such as feeding dysfunction and histological quantification of eosinophil extracellular granules are presented. The advancement of the field is strongly supported by blinded and placebo-controlled studies of IL-5 and oral viscous budesonide as well as new large studies examining the safety of dilation.
Summary Overall, these studies set the stage for new methodologies to understand the pathophysiology of eosinophilic esophagitis and development of novel therapies.


The last year has brought new insights into this enigmatic disease. New consensus recommendations captured phenotypic diversities associated with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and have placed more emphasis on refining clinical and histological features. The clinical impact of inflammation on esophageal function is undergoing more scrutiny with novel technologies and in basic laboratory models. Studies on treatments are reaching beyond case series to now include promising placebo and blinded studies.


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