EoE is a progressive disorder. This means that the condition, if left untreated, can result in ongoing inflammation and adverse changes in the oesophagus. Untreated EoE can cause worsening symptoms and a higher risk of food becoming stuck in your throat, all of which can have an increasingly negative impact on your quality of life. The oesophagus often continues to become narrower over time and there may be scarring from the persistent inflammation and from another disease process called fibrosis.
EoE is a chronic condition for which there is currently no cure. However, with ongoing appropriate treatment prescribed by a doctor, EoE progression can be slowed or even arrested in some cases. This is especially so if the condition is diagnosed and treated soon after the symptoms are first diagnosed/noticed, allowing the body’s normal healing mechanisms to repair the damaged tissue in the oesophagus.
EoE will progress, with possible narrowing and scarring of the oesophagus, if left untreated. Complications from narrowing and scarring, such as food obstruction in the oesophagus, can significantly impact your quality of life.
Progression of EoE from inflammation to fibrosis (thickening and scarring of connective tissue)