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Dr. Amal Assa'ad

About the Author Dr. Amal Assa'ad

Dr. Amal H. Assa'ad is the director of clinical services in the Division of Allergy and Immunology and associate director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology.


  1. Please add an EGIDS column to that helpful chart. As hard as it is for many non allergic people to understand real allergies, it is even harder for people to understand gastrointestinal allergies. It is not life threatening, but it requires an invasive endoscopy to determine if level of illness, and could result in remodeling of the esophagus making food unable to pass. Allergy symptoms it shares can be : trouble swallowing, chest pain (esophagus – but hard for young children to determine), can happen quickly after eating food, can happen every time the food is eaten, may need to a little of food, symptoms shared by both allergy and intolerances: can cause vomiting and diarrhea. And it share most of the symptoms in the intolerance list. It is a complicated disease that is very hard to manage, many people have to be fed a special formula while they are trialing foods. Most people have never heard of it. Often Drs know very little about it. It is very difficult for parents of school age children. They always have to fight for their children to be accommodated. At this point in research it is considered an allergy and it is distressing that it was not included in your chart.

    Laurie Jones - January 24, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply
    1. Hi Laurie,

      Thanks for the suggestion! You’re right: EGIDS has a complex relationship with food allergens and can often be confusing for both patients and physicians. Because it’s such a complicated topic, we plan to do a separate post about EGIDS in the future.

      Rachel Camper - January 27, 2014 at 8:47 am Reply
  2. dean love it

    dean marion - September 30, 2015 at 11:52 am Reply

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