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A 40-year-old male asked:

all the swallow problems, finally an edoscopy. dr says esophagitis seen, corrugated esophagus esophageal mucosa c/w eosinophilic esophagitis. help?

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
Allergist/GI: See an allergist or a GI doc who is comfortable managing eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Often, patients with this condition are managed by both specialties. EoE is often managed with multiple therapies, including food elimination diets, proton pump inhibitors, and swallowed steroids depending on severity and symptoms. Please see doc as this is a chronic, sometimes severe, condition.

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