Anosmia After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Clinical Update

Melanie Drummond, Jacinta Mary Douglas, John H. Olver

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Most people only recognise the value of olfactory function after it is lost. In the
context of traumatic brain injury with its far-reaching physical, cognitive,
behavioural and emotional sequelae, posttraumatic olfactory dysfunction is an
additional consequence that many survivors have to face as they adjust to a
changed life situation. The aim of this article is to provide an update on posttraumatic anosmia for clinicians working in the area of brain injury rehabilitation. Brief
reviews of incidence studies and causal mechanisms of olfactory impairment after
brain injury are provided. Consequences of anosmia in the domains of safety,
eating, personal hygiene, leisure, work and relationships with associated adaptive
strategies are described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalBrain Impairment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

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