Smell and taste disorders

GMS Curr Top Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011:10:Doc04. doi: 10.3205/cto000077. Epub 2012 Apr 26.


Smell and taste disorders can markedly affect the quality of life. In recent years we have become much better in the assessment of the ability to smell and taste. In addition, information is now available to say something about the prognosis of individual patients. With regard to therapy there also seems to be low but steady progress. Of special importance for the treatment is the ability of the olfactory epithelium to regenerate.

Keywords: anosmia; dysgeusia; flavor; gustation; olfaction.