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Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Symptoms

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This information was reviewed and approved by Christine B. Cho, MD (11/1/2018).

What are common symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)?

The symptoms of EoE may include swallowing problems (dysphagia), vomiting, food getting stuck in the esophagus (food impaction), heartburn or chest pain, abdominal pain, coughing or slow growth.

EoE can affect people of any age, although younger children tend to have problems with weight gain and chronic abdominal pain; while teenagers and adults have more problems with swallowing and food getting stuck. Many people will change their eating habits to decrease symptoms, such as taking a long time to chew their food, taking smaller bites of foods, drinking a lot of fluids to get the food down and avoiding foods with tougher textures such as breads or meats.