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Effects of Swallowed Steroids on Bone Density and Growth in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is characterized by allergy-driven inflammation of the esophagus leading to a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms and increased healthcare utilization. While considered a rare disease, EoE is rapidly increasing in prevalence in the United States. Treatment options are limited and include dietary modifications with the elimination of suspected food triggers or pharmacological options including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and swallowed corticosteroids. Compliance to strict elimination diets is difficult thus many patients elect to use swallowed corticosteroids. Because nearly half of all EoE patients are treated with swallowed corticosteroids there is a growing concern regarding the long-term effects of this class of medication.4 It is known that oral corticosteroids can compromise bone mineral density and growth velocity5-7. Furthermore, there have been multiple studies exploring the relationship between inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and endocrine effects in asthmatics. While the risk of ICS use is less compared to systemic corticosteroids, higher ICS doses do cause deleterious effects on growth and bone health8-11. Currently, there are no published studies examining the effect of swallowed corticosteroids on bone mineral density or growth velocity in patients with EoE. Given the route of administration, there may be more systemic absorption leading to a higher risk of long-term complications. The proposed work will address the following specific aims: Specific Aim 1: Assess effects of swallowed corticosteroids on bone mineral density (primary outcome) in children 5-12 years of age with EoE compared to age matched controls. Specific Aim 2: Evaluation of the effect of swallowed corticosteroids on growth velocity.
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|Eligible Ages||5 Years - 12 Years|
- - Intervention: 1.
- - Controls: 1.
- - Intervention and controls: 1.
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|Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute|
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|Overall Status||Not yet recruiting|
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Robbie Pesek, MD
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