Dysphagia | Routine Screening for Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Patients Presenting With Dysphagia

Dysphagia research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to identify the prevalence of pathologic eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in the cohort of adult patients who present for specialty care in the gastroenterology clinics with complaint of difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). From this, the investigators will make recommendations regarding routine screening for the diagnosis in this cohort. The prevalence of EoE in patients presenting for specialty care in the gastroenterology clinics with the complaint of dysphagia is great enough that the diagnosis should be routinely screened against in this cohort.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - age > 18 - complaint of dysphagia Exclusion Criteria: - pregnancy - age <18 - on inhaled steroids within the last 30 days - on systemic steroids in the last 30 days - known diagnosis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis - obvious obstructive etiology found at endoscopy - increased risk of bleeding (on blood thinners or anti-platelet agents other than aspirin)

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Obstructive DysphagiaPatients who complained of dysphagia, which had an obstructive etiology for their symptoms at the time of endoscopy (ring, mass, stricture, etc)

Non-obstructive DysphagiaPatients whose endoscopy was normal and without any obvious etiology for their symptoms noted.

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: January 2006

Completed Date: January 2010


Type: Observational


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Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Jonathan M Ricker, DO

Lead Sponsor: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium


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