Author(s): Henderson CJ, Abonia JP, King EC, Putnam PE, Collins MH,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disorder that responds to dietary therapy; however, data evaluating the effectiveness of dietary therapeutic strategies are limited. OBJECTIVE: This study compared the effectiveness of 3 frequently prescribed dietary therapies (elemental, 6-food elimination, and skin prick and atopy patch-directed elimination diets) and assessed the remission predictability of skin tests and their utility in directing dietary planning. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of proton-pump inhibitor-unresponsive, non-glucocorticoid-treated patients with eosinophilic esophagitis who had 2 consecutive endoscopic biopsy specimens associated with dietary intervention was identified. Biopsy histology and remissions (<15 eosinophils/high-power field) after dietary therapy and food reintroductions were evaluated. RESULTS: Ninety-eight of 513 patients met the eligibility criteria. Of these 98 patients, 50\% (n= 49), 27\% (n= 26), and 23\% (n= 23) received elemental, 6-food elimination, and directed diets, respectively. Remission occurred in 96\%, 81\%, and 65\% of patients on elemental, 6-food elimination, and directed diets, respectively. The odds of postdiet remission versus nonremission were 5.6-fold higher (P= .05) on elemental versus 6-food elimination diets and 12.5-fold higher (P= .003) on elemental versus directed diets and were not significantly different (P= .22) on 6-food elimination versus directed diets. After 116 single-food reintroductions, the negative predictive value of skin testing for remission was 40\% to 67\% (milk, 40\%; egg, 56\%; soy, 64\%; and wheat, 67\%). CONCLUSION: All 3 dietary therapies are effective; however, an elemental diet is superior at inducing histologic remission compared with 6-food elimination and skin test-directed diets. Notably, an empiric 6-food elimination diet is as effective as a skin test-directed diet. The negative predictive values of foods most commonly reintroduced in single-food challenges are not sufficient to support the development of dietary advancement plans solely based on skin test results. Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Allergy Clin Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Hepatology and Gastrointestinal disorders