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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 2017, Article ID 3709254, 6 pages
Research Article

Detailed Histologic Evaluation of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Pediatric Patients Presenting with Dysphagia or Abdominal Pain and Comparison of the Histology between the Two Groups

1Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola Medical Center and University of Illinois, 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA
2University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
3Advocate Children’s Hospital, 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA
4Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Thirumazhisai S. Gunasekaran; moc.scodymmut@gst

Received 28 January 2017; Revised 7 June 2017; Accepted 31 July 2017; Published 17 December 2017

Academic Editor: Salvatore Cucchiara

Copyright © 2017 Thirumazhisai S. Gunasekaran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


EoE in children presents with four main symptoms. Most common symptoms exhibited by our clinic population are dysphagia (D) and abdominal pain (AP). Despite similar treatments, we found in an earlier study that the outcomes between these two groups were different. Therefore, we investigated if there exist any histological differences between these groups that could further our knowledge of EoE. Aim. To compare esophageal histology in detail, apart from the eosinophil count, between EoE-D and EoE-AP. Method. Biopsies of patients with EoE-D and EoE-AP were reevaluated for 10 additional histological criteria, in addition to the eosinophil count. Results. Both groups had 67 patients; peak mean eosinophil was 33.9 and 31.55 for EoE-D and EoE-AP (). Eosinophilic microabscesses, superficial layering of eosinophils, and epithelial desquamation were twice as common and significant in EoE-D group than EoE-AP. Eosinophil distribution around rete pegs was also significantly higher in EoE-D group. The remaining criteria were numerically higher in EoE-D, but not significant, with the exception of rete peg elongation. Conclusion. EoE-D patients have significantly higher eosinophils compared to EoE-AP, and the level of inflammation as seen from eosinophil microabscesses, superficial layering, desquamation, and the distribution around rete pegs is significantly higher.