Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – Allergic Gastrointestinal Disorders
Helping you get back to everyday life
Adult patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and other allergic gastrointestinal disorders often lack the care and resources they need to manage their conditions. At our clinic, Dr. Gisoo Ghaffari provides compassionate care to patients with EoE and other related conditions.
EoE is an allergic condition characterized by swelling of the esophagus. It is an evolving diagnosis and a growing health problem with increasing incidence worldwide.
The disease affects children and adults, particularly young adults. Delay in diagnosis occurs commonly, and symptoms affecting quality of life and lost days from work are frequent.
The correct diagnosis and proper management involve close collaboration of many disciplines, including general practitioners, gastroenterologists, pathologists, allergy-immunologists and nutritionists.
Dr. Ghaffari has been actively involved in treating EoE patients, educating providers in other disciplines on the various aspects of diagnosis and management, collaborating with other specialist in pursuing research projects, and establishing a database of patients with EoE.
Since 2008, we’ve seen over 300 patients with a suspected EoE diagnosis. Currently, approximately 150 patients with confirmed diagnosis are being followed in the Allergy-Immunology Clinic. Additionally, new patients are constantly being referred to us by general practitioners and gastroenterologists as well as the allergists in the area.
Other gastrointestinal disorders
Dr. Ghaffari also provides services to patients with other allergic gastrointestinal disorders. She works to expand the database on those patients for future projects, including clinical trials and translational research.
The database extends the services to the patients in the community and serves as a referring center, provide opportunities for the allergy-immunology fellows in training as well as for the medicine residents and medical students to learn about the diagnosis and management of patients with these emerging diagnoses.