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.

Why Choose Lurie Children's?

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
  • Pediatric allergists
  • Pediatric psychologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • A pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Registered nurses
  • Social workers

Our team also provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing including:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic functional luminal impedance probe (EndoFLIP)
  • Trans-nasal endoscopy (TNE)
  • pH impedance probe
  • Allergy blood testing
  • 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):
    • omeprazole
    • lansoprazole
    • esomeprazole
    • dexlansoprazole
    • rabeprazole
    • pantoprazole

  • Swallowed ‘topical’ steroid (typically twice daily):
    • Fluticasone inhaler
    • Viscous budesonide (mixed with splenda/honey/syrup)

  • Oral ‘systemic’ steroid
    • Prednisone

  • Biologics
    • Dupixent

Our Specialists

The EGID Program is led by Joshua B. Wechsler, MD, MSCI, EGID Program Director. 

The other members of the team include:

The EGID Program also includes allergists from Lurie Children's Division of Allergy Immunology. 

Make an Appointment

We offer easy online scheduling for your child's GI needs. 

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

EGID Program​​ News & Stories

Gamechanger: New Way to Improve Outcomes in Kids with Eosinophilic Esophagitis

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What Parents Should Know about the Formula Shortage

Our pediatric experts weigh in on what parents and care givers should know about the recent formula shortage. 

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Four-Food Elimination Diet Can Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Children

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Tests & Treatments


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