Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, lifelong condition that causes a host of serious and painful symptoms in children, such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, weight loss and anorexia. The immune systems of children with EoE see food as a foreign substance, triggering a severe inflammatory response and esophageal dysfunction and injury.
Because the condition is often triggered by food allergy or intolerance, children with EoE require medical nutrition to live and thrive. Eliminating all food proteins from the diet and replacing them with a special amino-acid-based formula greatly reduces symptoms. Yet the expense of an elemental diet can be prohibitive, and many insurance companies do not cover the cost of this medical nutrition therapy. To help with the financial burden families of children with EoE face, we have provided information about reimbursement and other forms of support that may be available to you.