Issue N# 3 - 2004
Anosmia following superior turbinate resection
Authors : G. Lopes, R. Jankowski (Leça da Palmeira, Nancy)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2004;125,3:189-191.
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Nasal polyposis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sinus mucosa responsible for, among other symptoms, alteration of the sense of smell in a considerable percentage of patients. One of the aims of surgical treatment is the recuperation of the sense of smell, especially in patients with good pre-operative indicators suggesting a possible favorable outcome. The purposes of this brief clinical report are to present the case of a patient with nasal polyposis who developed anosmia after a bilateral endoscopic functional ethmoidectomy with inadvertent resection of both superior turbinates, and to discuss briefly the possible physiopathological mechanisms that could explain it.
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