Back to overview

Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, and Eosinophilic Colitis: Common Mechanisms and Differences between East and West

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Ishihara Shunji, Kinoshita Yoshikazu, Schoepfer Alain,
Project Defining clinically meaningful therapeutic endpoints in Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Show all

Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Inflammatory Intestinal Diseases
Volume (Issue) 1(2)
Page(s) 63 - 69
Title of proceedings Inflammatory Intestinal Diseases
DOI 10.1159/000445131


Background: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE), and eosinophilic colitis (EoC) have been diagnosed with an increasing frequency over the last decades. All these diseases share pathogenic similarities with respect to triggering by food antigens in the majority of patients once secondary causes of tissue eosinophilia have been excluded. While diagnostic criteria for EoE have been published, the exact criteria for EGE and EoC still need to be defined. This review highlights similarities and differences between affected patients when comparing the Western with the Eastern world. Summary: The incidence and prevalence of EoE are on the rise in countries from the Western and Eastern world. Very limited epidemiologic data exist regarding EGE and EoC. Characteristics of patients with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders regarding gender distribution, age at diagnosis, and associated comorbidities are similar when comparing Eastern with Western countries. Similar modalities are applied to diagnose EoE, EGE, and EoC when comparing Eastern with Western countries. Additionally, comparable therapeutic measures are applied to treat eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases in Eastern and Western countries. While EoE treatment recommendations are based on increasingly solid evidence, recommendations for the treatment of EGE and EoC are based on low evidence. Key Messages: Eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases are diagnosed and treated using similar approaches in Eastern and Western countries. Further efforts should be undertaken to help clarify the underlying pathogenic mechanisms and to establish evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic protocols.