Olfactory disorders

M. R. Chaaban, J. M. Pinto

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Olfactory disorders are challenging for primary care physicians as well as otolaryngologists, as they are associated with a major decline in quality of life. Obtaining an accurate and detailed history and performing a comprehensive head and neck examination aids in identifying the underlying etiology. There are two main categories of olfactory disorders: conductive and sensorineural. Though there are limited treatment options for these disorders, intervention to be considered depend on the cause. This review will include a brief introduction on the anatomy and physiology of olfaction followed by a discussion of the major categories of olfactory disorders, and lastly a summary of treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Olfaction disorders
  • Physiology
  • Smell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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