Esophageal obstruction as a result of isolated eosinophilic gastroenteritis

Petros C. Benias, Ayaz Matin, Gil Ignacio Ascunce, David L. Carr-Locke

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Abstract

The true diversity and function of the human gut microbiota as well as the extent and nature of its interactions with the host continue to be revealed; although much progress has been made in a very short time, the story is by no means complete, and the impact of a number of host, bacterial, and environmental factors on the composition and function of the microbiota is just beginning to be recognized. These factors must be taken into account when interpreting changes in the microbiota reported in disease states, and caution should be exercised in attributing a causative role to microbial changes seen in any disease state until much more is known of the primacy of these changes in that disorder. Some of the observed deviations in microbiota composition observed in a disease may be no more than epiphenomena. Nevertheless, as the critical role of the heretofore "ignored organ"-the gut microbiota-in health and disease has come to be recognized, so has the possibility that modifying the flora might be of therapeutic benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-610
Number of pages4
JournalGastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume9
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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