Feeding Tube Awareness Week 5-11 February
ausEE Inc. is an Australian charity providing support and information to anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone with an Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder (EGID) including Eosinophilic oEsophagitis (EoE). We are committed to raising public awareness and supporting the medical community for further research into eosinophilic disorders in Australia.
What are Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGID)?
Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) occur when eosinophils (pronounced ee-oh-sin-oh-fills), a type of white blood cell, are found in above-normal amounts within the gastrointestinal tract.
Eosinophils are important in your body’s defence against parasitic infections (e.g. worms). However, they are also involved in allergy. In some individuals, eosinophils accumulate in the gut in response to food and/or airborne allergens and can cause inflammation and tissue damage.
The abnormal amounts of eosinophils can occur in the:
oesophagus (eosinophilic oesophagitis) EoE
stomach (eosinophilic gastritis) EG
duodenum (eosinophilic duodenitis)
small intestine (eosinophilic enteritis)
large intestine (eosinophilic colitis) EC
throughout the gastrointestinal tract (eosinophilic gastroenteritis) EGE
diagram of gastrointestinal tract
Date posted: Mon-Feb-2017