Changing the standard of care for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a common food allergy, resulting in symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, food impactions, and difficulty swallowing. Current standard of care requires several sedated endoscopies with biopsies to diagnose, confirm effective treatment and the elimination of eosinophils. These procedures are expensive, time consuming, and difficult for patients to tolerate. We have shown that spectrally-encoded confocal microscopy (SECM), is capable of identifying eosinophils, and soon we hope to have a swallowable SECM capsule that is capable of performing sub-cellular imaging of the esophagus, visualizing eosinophils without sedation or use of contrast agents. We believe that an SECM tethered capsule has the potential to be a reliable and affordable tool for the diagnosis and follow up care of EoE.