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Clinical Challenges
June 2000

A Perplexing Olfactory Loss

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(6):803. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.6.803

Dr Archer has prepared an excellent review of this clinically perplexing condition. It typically affects young healthy adults in the prime of their life, and strikes quickly, such as over a weekend. The other mysterious aspect is why it affects women twice as often as men. Truly, it is difficult to sit in front of the patient who has just had testing to define the amount of loss and tell him or her that there is no therapy and no return to normalcy is expected.