Eosinophilic gut conditions or eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs) occur when the numbers of these white blood cells (EoS for short) are high in a particular part of the gut. Eosinophils are helpful in defence against parasites and allergens but can cause inflammation and tissue damage if they build up too much. EGIDs are medically diagnosed and you can find out more about them here.
EGIDs are a group of rare gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. They affect different parts of the digestive tract, from the eosophagus to the large intestine. Treatment helps manage symptoms, which vary based on where in the GI tract the eosinophils are and how severe the condition is.
Although the data on dietary therapy remain limited, some version of dietary intervention likely has a role in treatment when chosen for highly motivated patients.
Our dietitians have experience supporting clients through specific elimination diets for EGIDs, especially for eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE). Depending on what clients tell us about their history, this might be one or more of the common food allergens or a food chemical elimination and challenges. These approaches require careful planning to ensure that nutrient needs and food preferences are still achieved.
Dr Kerith Duncanson has been involved in recent research regarding duodenal eosinophils.
For more detailed information about eosinophilic gut conditions see our latest gut health blogs.
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