Issue N# 1 - 2001
Disorders of the sense of smell: preliminary findings and the results of 45 cases
Authors : S. Kharoubi (Annaba)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2001;122,1:43-49.
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In this work we present the preliminary results of a retrospective study on 45 cases of disordered sense of smell. Our approach is based on a diagnostic tripod - a thorough history (with a questionnaire for evaluation), clinical examination (nasal endoscopy), and imaging. The mean age of our patients was 42.6 years, and 60 % were male. In the aetiological factors there was a predominance of naso-sinus disease (62.2 %), especially inflammatory (polyposis of the nose and sinuses), while general causes (metabolic and drug-induced) accounted for 24.4 %, and neurological causes a further 13.3 % of cases. Treatment resulted in a favourable outcome (with partial or total recovery) in 71.1 % of cases, and failed in 26.6 %.
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