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Eosinophilic Esophagitis Responds to Proton Pump Inhibitors

Reflux Center of Long Island

Research has shown that more than a third of patients with eosinophilia  of the esophagus respond to Proton Pump Inhibitors with resolution of the findings clinically and on biopsy. Eosinophilic Esophagitis is an allergic disorder seen in adults and children who develop scar tissue and narrowing in the esophagus food pipe due to a food allergy. The most common symptom is swallowing disturbance but heartburn and regurgitation are very common. It is called Eosinophilic Esophagitis due to the presence of allergic cells called eosinophils on the biopsy specimens of the esophagus. It is usually treated with dietary elimination of potentially offending food allergies. It can also be treated with swallowed corticosteroids that coat the esophagus.

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Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Have Risks?

The most common side effects of PPI are: Headache Diarrhea Constipation Abdominal Pain Flatulence Joint Pain Heartburn can be intense during pregnancy. Can I take medicine for  relief? Prilosec, Zegerid, Omeprazole are pregnancy category C meaning that adverse outcomes are reported in animal but not human studies. Aciphex, Nexium, Protonix, and pantoprazole are pregnancy category […]

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Asthma, Throat Clearing, and Hoarseness

Reflux Center of Long Island

Patients often complain of chronic cough or a hoarse voice or frequent clearing of the throat, and are referred to their Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. The ENT finds on exam redness and swelling in the back of the larynx and changes of the vocal cords. These changes are from Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, a common form […]

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Reflux Center of Long Island

The leading cause of swallowing difficulties in young adults is an allergic disorder we rarely saw before 2001. Now I see patients with this disorder nearly everyday. Eosinophilic Esophagitis, is a disorder characterized by difficulty swallowing due to allergies to food. The esophagus is the food pipe between the throat and the stomach that sits […]

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Do I Have a Hiatal Hernia?

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We are able to eliminate the hiatal hernia, reduce acid reflux, non-acid reflux, and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux without the use of medications 80% of the time. It is simply fantastic to be able to offer these solutions beyond what medications can achieve.

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How Should I Take My Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)?

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Proton Pump Inhibitors are potent blockers of production of stomach acid. They are truly remarkable medications and have provided hundreds of millions of people relief from heartburn and ulcers. PPIs  have had a major impact in prevention of cancer of the stomach and esophagus. Although you swallow the pill and it goes into your stomach, […]

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