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Changes in Esophageal Distensibility With Proton Pump Inhibitors in Patients With Esophageal Eosinophilia: A Pilot Study

Study Purpose

This pilot study will explore whether treatment of eosinophilic inflammation in the esophagus is associated with an improved distensibility of the esophagus. Furthermore, previous studies of the esophagus using EndoFlip only measured distensibility of the distal esophagus, specifically the distal esophagus and esophagogastric junction. Eosinophilia in EoE has been demonstrated to affect both upper, middle and lower esophagus. The aim is to measure distensibility both proximal and distal, before and after treatment.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years - 65 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Presence of eosinophilia on esophageal biopsy, defined as a peak count of > 15 eosinophils per high power field (HPF) on light microscopy based on biopsies from at least 2 of the 3 biopsy segments (upper, middle and distal esophagus)

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Secondary causes of esophageal eosinophilia has been excluded, such as eosinophilic GI diseases, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, esophageal infection, hypereosinophilic syndrome, drug hypersensitivity, vasculitis, pemphigus, connective tissue diseases, graft vs. host disease. 2. Age < 18 or > 65 years. 3. Contraindication for biopsy, such as presence of esophageal varices, coagulopathy. 4. History of esophageal surgery, gastric or esophageal malignancy, anatomical abnormality, or major primary motility disorder (such as achalasia) 5. Pregnancy. 6. Prisoners

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Indiana University
Principal Investigator

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John Wo, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Indiana University School of Medicine
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
Arms & Interventions


: Eosinophilic Esophagitis patients

PPI treatment


Diagnostic Test: - endoflip

Resolution of esophageal eosinophilia by a 2-month course of high dose PPI in patients will lead to improvement in esophageal distensibility, and thus should produce improvement in dysphagia symptoms.

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Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana




Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

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