publication . Article . Other literature type . 1971

A New Syndrome

Henkin, Robert I.;
  • Published: 26 Jul 1971 Journal: JAMA, volume 217, page 434 (issn: 0098-7484, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Medical Association (AMA)
Thirty-five patients with decreased taste acuity (hypogeusia) and decreased olfactory acuity (hyposmia) with or without perverted taste (dysgeusia) and perverted smell (dysosmia) had elevated median detection and recognition thresholds for the taste of salt, sweet, sour, and bitter, and abnormal forced scaling of taste qualities. Electron micrographs of taste receptors showed pathological changes in the taste buds of these patients. No apparent cause could be found for this disturbing and unpleasant symptom complex. These abnormalities appear to comprise a new syndrome which we have termed idiopathic hypogeusia with dysgeusia, hyposmia, and dysosmia.
Medical Subject Headings: stomatognathic system
free text keywords: General Medicine
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