Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID) Program
The Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID) Program is devoted to the comprehensive care and research of children diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastritis (EoG), eosinophilic duodenitis (EoD), eosinophilic enteritis (EoN) and eosinophilic colitis (EoC). Located at our Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park, the program serves the growing number of children who suffer from EoE, EG, EGE, and EC.
The Lurie Children's Difference
We have a dedicated, multidisciplinary team made up of specialists from many different areas. Combining several areas of expertise into every diagnosis ensures that our patients have the most thorough and best care possible. The team includes:
- Pediatric gastroenterologists
- A pediatric allergist
- A registered dietitian
- A pediatric nurse practitioner
- Registered nurses
Our team also provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic functional luminal impedance probe (EndoFLIP), pH impedance probe, allergy blood testing and skin prick testing. To treat esophageal rings and strictures, we offer endoscopic balloon dilation. The treatments offered are individualized to the specific needs of the patients.
What to Expect
Treatment for EGIDs required specialized elimination diets and medications.
The dietary options are guided by an experienced dietitian, and include:
- Elemental diet (primary calorie source is hypoallergenic formula)
- Standard or empiric elimination diet
- 1 Food Elimination Diet (1FED) involves removal of milk protein-based foods
- 4 Food Elimination Diet (4FED) involves removal of milk/soy/wheat/egg protein-based foods
- 6 Food Elimination Diet (6FED) involves removal of milk/soy/wheat/egg/nut/seafood protein-based foods
The drug treatment options include proton pump inhibitors (PPI), oral ‘systemic’ steroids and swallowed ‘topical’ steroids:
- PPI (typically twice daily):
- Swallowed ‘topical’ steroid (typically twice daily):
- Fluticasone inhaler
- Viscous budesonide (mixed with splenda/honey/syrup)
- Oral ‘systemic’ steroid
The EGID Program is led by Joshua B. Wechsler, MD, MSCI, EGID Program Director.
The other members of the team include:
- Barry K. Wershil, MD - Gastroenterologist
- Natalie Hoffmann, MD - Gastroenterologist
- Maria Manuel-Rubio, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP - Nurse practitioner
- Sally Schwartz, RD, LDN - Dietician
- Joyce Chesniak, RN - Nurse clinician
- Estefania Espinosa, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator
- Monique Walker - Clinic Scheduler
Beth Randolph - Procedure Scheduler
The EGID Program also includes allergists from Lurie Children's Division of Allergy & Immunology.
If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS.DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.
EGID Program Research
The Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID) Program has an active and growing research component. In addition to participation in clinical trials, the members of EGID team collaborate with other institutions to advance basic and clinical research in this area.
Resources & Support
For information on advocacy groups involved with EoE please visit:
Tests & Treatments
EGID Program News & Stories
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