What is Eosinophilic GI Disease (EGID)?
When a person has a high number of eosinophils in their digestive tract and other non-GI causes for it have been ruled out, he or she may have EGID. The eosinophils cause inflammation and damage to tissues and organs.
EGIDs are rare diseases that affect people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It is not known what causes EGID, but food and environmental allergies may play a role. People who have a personal or family history of allergic disorders (e.g., food allergy/anaphylaxis, eczema, hay fever, asthma) or with other eosinophil-associated disease may be at higher risk of developing EGID.