The eosinophilic disorders clinic at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital—Iowa's only multidisciplinary eosinophilic disorder clinic—specializes in caring for children with rare eosinophilic disorders.
What is an eosinophilic disorder?
Our bodies have five main types of white blood cells. Eosinophils are one of those five types. An eosinophilic disorder is a condition that affects or involves the eosinophils.
Eosinophils are part of your body’s immune system and help to fight infections. We normally have a relatively small number of eosinophils in our blood, but the body can produce more of them in response to a number of conditions such as allergies, infections, and some types of cancer.
Most eosinophilic disorders involve a buildup of eosinophils in organs, tissues, or the bloodstream.
What conditions and symptoms are treated for an eosinophilic disorder?
The conditions for each disorder is different, usually based on where in the body the disorder is taking place.
The eosinophilic disorders clinic at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital specializes in caring for children with rare eosinophilic disorders. These disorders include:
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Eosinophilic gastritis
- Eosinophilic colitis
- Eosinophilic gastroenteritis
- Hypereosinophilic syndrome
We care for our patients by using a team approach. Each care team includes specialists in gastroenterology, allergy, and nutrition.
We coordinate our care teams and the care they provide. That means that when your child needs care, all team members will see your child on the same day and will work together to discuss the diagnosis and create a care plan.
Our treatment options include:
- Clinical trials of promising new therapies for eosinophilic disorders
- Food and airborne allergy testing
- Endoscopic and histologic evaluation
- Dietary management
- Comprehensive clinical examination and treatment of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs)
- Education in EGIDs, including dietary triggers, monitoring, environmental controls, and treatment