Inability to smell

Symptoms of Anosmia

The following features are indicative of Anosmia:
  • loss of the sense of smell
  • food less appetizing
  • loss of libido
  • loss of smell memory
  • loss of olfaction

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Common Causes of Anosmia

The following are the most common causes of Anosmia:
  • brain damage
  • inflammatory changes in the mucosa
  • nasal polyp
  • death of olfactory receptor neurons
  • mutations in the PROKR2 (prokineticin receptor 2) gene
  • mutation in PROK2 (prokineticin 2) gene

Risk Factors for Anosmia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Anosmia:
  • common in older adults
  • common in black people

Prevention of Anosmia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Anosmia.

Occurrence of Anosmia

Common Gender

Anosmia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Anosmia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Anosmia:
  • Psychophysical Assessment test: To identify taste and order
  • Nervous system examination: To check for cranial nerve damage
  • CT scan (Computed tomography): To look for brain portion malformations
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To look for malformations in brain
  • Nasal endoscopy: To look for nasal cavity abnormalities
  • Olfactory nerve testing: To evaluate disruptions in the pathway from nose to brain

Complications of Anosmia if untreated

It is not know if Anosmia causes complications if left untreated.

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Anosmia

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Anosmia:
  • Gene therapy: To restore sense of smell

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Anosmia.

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