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How to Assess Histology in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Standardization by the EEsAI Histopathology Questionnaire
Title of the conference
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology, Swiss Society for Visceral Surgery, Swiss Association for the Study of the Liver
EEsAI Study Group
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 29-30, 2011
Swiss Medical Weekly
Background and Aims: The international EEsAI study group iscurrently developing the first activity index specific forEosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). So far histologic assessment inEoE i s not standardized but urgently needed to harmonizehistologic endpoints i n clinical trials. G oal: To develop andevaluate the EEsAI histopathology questionnaire.Methods: B ased o n multiple Delphi r ounds w ith national a ndinternational ( Europe and North America) E oE e xperthistopathologists and gastroenterologists, w e have d evelopedthe EEsAI histopathology questionnaire.Results: T he EEsAI histopathology questionnaire t akes i ntoaccount the following items: number of eosinphils per highpower field, pattern of i nflammation, eosinophil abscesses,basal l ayer e nlargement, and lamina propria f ibrosis. D istinctdefinitions a nd categories f or every item were established byagreement among experts. EoE expert pathologists had amedian of 22 minutes to complete the questionnaire and judgedit as well feasible. The histopathology questionnaire was pilotedin 20 patients and is currently evaluated in a cohort of 150 adultEoE patients.Conclusions: T he EEsAI histopathology questionnaire is thefirst tool that assesses EoE severity according to clearly definedhistologic criteria. These definitions, as well as their categories,established by i nternational E oE e xpert pathologists, w illstandardize h istologic EoE s everity assessment and therebyfacilitate the comparison of histologic outcome measures inclinical trials.
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