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Cytosponge and Dietary Therapy in EoE

Study Purpose

This study is being done to see if the investigators can use only the cytosponge ( A 10 minute, in office procedure that does not require sedation) to replace the 6-10 endoscopies routinely perform during dietary restriction and food reintroduction in EoE?

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years - 70 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis > than 15 Eos phf and failed to respond to the PPI therapy - Going through the six food elimination diet or have just completed elimination the six foods: fish, nuts, eggs, soy, wheat, and milk

Exclusion Criteria:

- Clinical evidence of infectious process potentially contributing to dysphagia ( candidiasis, CMV, herpes) - Other cause of dysphagia identified at endoscopy (e.g. reflux esophagitis, stricture, web, ring, achalasia, esophageal neoplasm) - Esophageal minimal diameter < 13 mm on structured barium esophagram

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Jeffrey Alexander, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Mayo Clinic
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Study Website: View Trial Website
Additional Details

Dietary Therapy has been shown to be successful in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis Dietary studies were initially reported in children, but the results appear to be similar in adult patients. Elemental diets are successful in 70-95% of patients but are poorly tolerated. A six food elimination diet has been effective in about 70% of adult patients with EoE . In these adult studies skin prick testing was not helpful in predicting which foods would lead to a flare of disease when reintroduced into the diet. Therefore, the current standard of care requires multiple EGDs with esophageal biopsy during the dietary restriction and reintroduction phases of this study. Since the investigators are making lifelong dietary decisions during this process of food reintroduction, it is imperative the investigators be accurate. Unfortunately, these multiple EGDs have significant cost and are invasive procedures with some risk. Moreover, there is significant indirect costs with travel and time off work for the patients and drivers. Previous studies have found the esophageal sponge to be an accurate technique of accessing esophageal eosinophilia in EoE . The sponge is swallowed as a 12 mm capsule on a string. The capsule rapidly dissolves upon entering the stomach and the sponge then expands and can be pulled out the mouth five minutes after ingestion. In previous studies, the procedure was very well tolerated and all patients preferred the sponge to endoscopy. Therefore the sponge is a well tolerated, inexpensive, very low risk procedure that would be an ideal option to replace EGD esophageal sampling in the evaluation of dietary treatment of EoE.

Arms & Interventions


Experimental: Cytosponge,Diet,EEsAI Pro,Phone call

Patients going through the six food elimination diet (clinically)for EoE, will be asked to participate. We will introduce 1 of the 6 foods previously eliminated for two weeks, than another for two weeks, at the end of 4 weeks the participant will return to swallow the cytosponge to monitor them through the diet, rather than multiple repeat Upper Endoscopies. The cytosponge is a 10 minute procedure done in the office. This will be sent for histology, <15 phf would be considered a responder. Results of the histology will help the investigator to direct the diet, which foods to add or take out of the diet.


Device: - Cytosponge

Patients undergoing the six food elimination diet will be monitored through the diet with swallowing the cytosponge. This is a ten minute procedure in the office. The cytosponge will be sent to the lab for histology reading of the eosinophilic count.

Other: - Diet

Investigators will reintroduce 1 of the six food for two weeks, then another for two weeks. Participant will return for the cytosponge procedure which will help the Investigator to direct which foods will be add or removed for the next two to four weeks. This will be repeated until all six foods have been reintroduced back into the participants diet.

Other: - Phone call

The study coordinator will call the participant two weeks after the participate has added in one of the six foods as directed by the Investigator, completing a short questionnaire (esophageal eosinophilic Activity Index Pro) EEsAI Pro.

Other: - EEsAI Pro

This is a short questionnaire to assess the participants swallowing. This will be completed at baseline, two weeks after a food has been added to the diet and at the final visit.

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Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota




Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Rochester, Minnesota, 55905

Site Contact

Debra M. Geno, CCRP



Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota




Mayo Clinic

Rochester, Minnesota, 55905

Site Contact

Debra M. Geno, CCRP



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