Otolaryngologic surgeries are frequent in children with eosinophilic esophagitis

Elizabeth A. Kelly, David Linn, Kristina L. Keppel, Richard J. Noel, Robert H. Chun

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Objective: The aim was to study the prevalence of otolaryngologic surgeries in pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Methods: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary care center. The type of otolaryngologic surgeries performed in patients with diagnosis of EoE was recorded during a 5-year period. Results: Seventy-five percent of patients were male, with average age of EoE diagnosis at 7.5 years with an 83% incidence of atopy. Cohort analysis revealed that 33% (119/362) had a total of 275 otolaryngologic surgeries. Surgeries performed on 119 patients are as follows: 20% bilateral myringotomy with tubes, 14% tonsillectomy, 18.5% adenoidectomy, 1.4% sinus irrigation, 3.3% bronchoscopy, and 1.4% laryngotracheoplasty (LTP); 63% of patients underwent multiple procedures. Thirty percent of patients undergoing bilateral myringotomy with tube placement (BMT) needed additional tubes. Four of 5 LTP patients had successful operations. Twelve percent of patients had EoE diagnosis prior to an otolaryngologic surgery. Conclusion: Thirty-three percent of children with EoE required otolaryngologic surgical intervention and nearly one-third who underwent BMT required additional ear tubes. A large fraction of children with EoE will undergo an otolaryngologic surgery, only a minority with a preoperative EoE diagnosis. Until the nature of this relationship is clarified, the high coincidence with otolaryngologic surgeries dictates that otolaryngologists should be familiar with diagnosis of EoE in patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-360
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The statistical support and interpretation of the data is provided, in part, by grant 1UL1RR031973 from the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program of the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health.


  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • otolaryngology
  • otorhinolaryngological surgical procedures
  • pediatrics
  • prevalence

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