Gabriel Pediatrics Discusses the Possibility of Developing Eosinophilic Esophagitis after Outgrowing Common Food Allergies

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In response to an article published by on March 3, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that parents should remain cautious about their children’s potential allergy problems post-desensitization therapy.

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Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, responds to an article published on March 3 by, which warns about the possibility of developing eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus, after undergoing treatment to improve food tolerance on children.

According to an article published on March 3th by RedOrbit News titled “Children Who Outgrow Allergies May Have Severe Recurrences,” Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, believes that children might outgrow common food allergies, but they might not outgrow the probability of developing eosinophilic esophagitis from the same foods.

The study was performed at the Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders (amongst the top programs in the nation for the treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis), located in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where 1,375 children were seen between 2000 and 2012. These were the results:

  •     The exact food caused the disorder for 31 percent of patients, most commonly milk, egg, soy, or wheat.
  •     17 out of 425 children developed eosinophilic esophagitis to a food after outgrowing IgE-(hypersensitivity to food) mediated allergy to that same food.
  •     Children with eating difficulties may be suffering from the disorder, as it is known to cause inflammation of the esophagus.
  •     About 10 percent of patients who undergo desensitization therapy for IgE-mediated food allergies go on to develop EoE to the same food, as noted by Spergel.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that parents should always keep track of their children’s wellbeing. “There are so many things to worry about. Obesity, disease, and allergies just to name a few; such dangers should encourage parents to stay on top of their children’s current health status,” urges Gabriel. “Even after outgrowing potential food allergies, there always remains the possibility of developing far more complicated problems, eosinophilic esophagitis being one of them.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.

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