Lateralized and bilateral olfactory function in patients with chronic sinusitis compared with healthy control subjects

Laryngoscope. 1998 Jan;108(1 Pt 1):111-4. doi: 10.1097/00005537-199801000-00021.


Results of this study demonstrated that a new olfactory test, the "Sniffin' Sticks," can be used to distinguish hyposmic patients with chronic sinusitis (n = 63) from control subjects. Dirhinic testing yielded improved olfactory sensitivity compared with monorhinic testing. However, dirhinic results were not significantly different from results obtained for the best nostril.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Sinusitis / physiopathology*
  • Smell*