Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2010 Nov;53(11):669-674. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2010.53.11.669.

Postviral Olfactory Disorder

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. doncamel@dau.ac.kr

Abstract

Postviral olfactory disorder (PVOD) is a sensorineural olfactory loss following an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and there is a close temporal connection between PVOD and URTI. PVOD is more common in women over 50 years of age. A thorough otolaryngologic evaluation including history, physical examination, neurologic assessment, and olfactory function test is mandatory to diagnose PVOD. Spontaneous recovery might occur in some patients from 6 months to several years. Although many drugs have been tried to treat it, no effective medical treatment exists. Patients should be counseled regarding safety issue and quality of life issue.

Keyword

Olfaction; Olfactory disorder; Upper respiratory infection; Virus

MeSH Terms

Female
Humans
Physical Examination
Quality of Life
Respiratory Tract Infections
Smell
Viruses
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