Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell. They help fight off infections and play a role in your body's immune response. They can also build up and cause inflammation.
Normally your blood doesn't have a large number of eosinophils. Your body may produce more of them in response to
- Allergic disorders
- Skin conditions
- Parasitic and fungal infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Some cancers
- Bone marrow disorders
In some conditions, the eosinophils can move outside the bloodstream and build up in organs and tissues. This can happen in many different parts of the body, including the esophagus, heart, lungs, blood, and intestines. Treatment of eosinophilic disorders can vary, depending on the cause and which part of the body is affected. Steroids are often part of the treatment.
- Feeding Tubes (American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders)
- Churg-Strauss Syndrome (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Eosinophilic Fasciitis (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, formerly Churg-Strauss Syndrome (EGPA) (Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center)
- Eosinophilic Lung Disorders (National Jewish Health)
- Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (HES) (American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders)
- Leukemia -- Eosinophilic (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
- Genetics Home Reference: eosinophil peroxidase deficiency (National Library of Medicine)
- Genetics Home Reference: PDGFRA-associated chronic eosinophilic leukemia (National Library of Medicine)
- Genetics Home Reference: PDGFRB-associated chronic eosinophilic leukemia (National Library of Medicine)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Technical review on the management of eosinophilic esophagitis: a report from...
- Article: AGA institute and the joint task force on allergy-immunology practice parameters...
- Article: ASSOCIATION OF DUODENAL EOSINOPHILIC INFILTRATE WITH HELICOBACTER PYLORI INFECTION, BUT NOT...
- Eosinophilic Disorders -- see more articles
- Eosinophilic Disorders Glossary (American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders)
- About Eosinophilic Disorders (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)