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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
For those who have had Endo's done, was biopsying for eosinophilic esophagitis standard, or does that mean they found something? My report said the esoph looks normal (so does that mean none of the "rings" that go along with EE, did he just test for that because they always do, I know these are ? for my docotor on my follow up, but thats a month away, just wanted to hear the "experts" on here ideas.
Again, thank you for this forum, and for all of you caring people, I have been a wreck for a while about this, as it shows by my posts, I truly appreciate you all.
J scool

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 5/17/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Biopsies (upper, mid, and lower) for EoE *should* be done during EGDs as a matter of course, and most experienced GIs will do so if reflux is suspected.  As bowecho mentioned in your other thread, EoE is most frequently a response to a food allergy, although it can also be a response to reflux.  I've had eosinophil counts up to 14 per HPF, and up until recently treating it with a swallowed corticosteroid inhaler.  I stopped this treatment because long-term (over a year), I've been developing some side-effects.
During one EGD, the rings were observed, yet another EGD showed the same eosinophil counts yet no rings.  The symptoms can mimic heartburn, as well as a general feeling of malaise and lack of appetite.  I no longer feel these symptoms, even after stopping the inhaler.
No reflux surgery can be done while EoE is present, which is one reason why I was aggressively treating it last year prior to my TIF.
Eosinophil counts higher than 20 per HPF usually are indicative of a more chronic condition, while those related to GERD are less.
Just a suggestion, but you may find it more helpful to keep your comments related to an OP confined to one thread.  That way, others who respond can see the thread history and see which of your questions have already been answered, what the situation is, etc.  Also, it keeps the messageboard from getting loaded up with redundant threads, and other posts getting knocked to page 2.
Hope this helps.

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 6/2/2012 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Acidman!

I'm very curious to know how you're doing. I'm having the same symptoms as you. And I'm also incredibly afraid of having EC. Im wasiting for my endoscopy on the 11th!

Are you feeling better? Are the PPI's working now?
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