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Is There a Diagnostic Delay In Patients With Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

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  1. You are a member of the healthcare team for a 16-year-old boy with a 2-year history of dysphagia, and you consider eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) as a differential diagnosis. Which one of the following statements regarding the symptoms and complications of EoE is most accurate?
    Dysphagia is the most prominent symptom among adolescents and adults
    There is little difference in the clinical presentation among children and adults
    Endoscopy invariably reveals abnormal inflammation and strictures
    The risk for fibrostenotic changes remains fairly stable over time
  2. The patient has been suffering with symptoms of EoE for 2 years. What did the current study by Murray and colleagues find regarding diagnostic delay in EoE?
    The median diagnostic delay was 8 months
    Women experienced increased diagnostic delay compared with men
    The duration of diagnostic delay increased with age
    The duration of diagnostic delay decreased between 1990 and 2020