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Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Through the Flexible Endoscope and the Lens of a Photographer in the Amazon

  • Amal Assa’ad
Article

Abstract

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a disorder that has been identified recently, thus knowledge about it, its pathogenesis, and potential etiologies has spread in an era where the medical community and the public are receiving the information and discussing it as it appears in the medical literature. Because physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology are difficult to explain in layman terms, the author has used photographs taken in remote areas of the Amazon to create visual similes within a narrative that brings the scientific and medical concepts of the knowledge on EoE to a level that allows both medical and non-medical persons to grasp and discuss their significance. This set of photographs when presented to audiences has generated interest in the disorder as well as in the Amazon and its natural flora and fauna. The author hopes that this pictorial introduction sets the stage for the multiple novel topics reviewed and presented in this issue.

Keywords

Eosinophilic esophagitis Eosinophils Mast cells Macrophages Interleukin 5 Eotaxin Allergens Diet Amazon Anaconda Camen Piranha Dart frog 

Notes

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Conflicts of Interest

The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval and Informed Consent

There were no ethical approvals or informed consents needed for this type of work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Allergy and ImmunologyCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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