Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinic
The Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGID) Clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of these patients through the collaborative efforts of of a gastroenterologist, allergist, dietitian, nurse, social worker and psychologist. We are one of the few centers in Houston that provide food patch testing as part of the diagnostic evaluation of patients with eosinophilic esophagitis.
How to make an appointment
Patients with a known Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder may make an appointment for the EGID Clinic by calling 832-822-3131.
What to expect
Our team will provide a thorough evaluation and devise a treatment plan based on this assessment. We will work with referring practitioners to provide long term follow-up to maximize the likelihood of improving the quality of life of our patients.
What are eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders?
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders are a group of conditions that include: eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic enteritis and eosinophilic colitis as isolated entities or in combination. Children with these diseases have a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in their gastrointestinal tract. Clinical manifestations of patients with these disorders can include feeding refusal, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), failure to thrive (poor weight gain), abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is often triggered by allergic response to food or environmental allergens, and many patients have a personal or family history of other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma or eczema. Allergy skin testing is helpful to determine if environmental allergens (such as dust mites, animals, pollens or molds) or food allergens (such as milk, eggs or nuts) are triggers for the disorder. Food patch testing may also be used to determine if patients have delayed reactions to a food.