Dr. Furuta Explains Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders to Readers of The Bump Magazine
Dr. Glenn Furuta, director of the Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, sat down with The Bump magazine to discuss eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs), a growing group of digestive diseases among infants.
Due to his national recognition in the research and treatment of EGIDs, Furuta was chosen to provide vital information to parents about the diseases, their symptoms and treatments.
Learn more about the Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
What are EGIDs?
When the body produces too many eosinophils, a type of white blood cells, in response to an allergen, the result is chronic inflammation that damages tissue, according to the article published in The Bump. EGIDs are a broad category of at least four diseases that affect different parts of the digestive system. The most common is eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), which affects the esophagus. Eosinophilic gastritis affects the stomach, eosinophilic gastroenteritis affects the intestinal tract and eosinophilic colitis affects the colon.
“If your baby is having symptoms related to the intestinal tract, such as not eating very well, throwing up, refusing to eat, weight loss and diarrhea, and he has other allergic diseases like eczema, asthma, food allergies -- or a family history of them -- these may hold clues to the diagnosis,” said Furuta in the interview.
Read The Bump’s story about eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder.