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At its annual meeting in Washington, DC, the Geriatric Otolaryngology Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery presented a review of nasal disorders in the elderly patient.
Donald Leopold, MD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, cited the work of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (authored by Ship and Wieffenbach). In this study, it was found that a decline in olfactory ability occurred at an average age of 70 years. The decline was more marked in men than in women. Management, for the most part, consists only of reassurance. However, safety concerns should also be addressed. Smoke detectors are especially recommended for the homes of the elderly. Older patients may need the help of a "confidant" in dealing with problems of spoiled food, body odor, and the overuse of perfume or other fragrances.
Mark Loury, MD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
BOONE J. Meeting of the Geriatric Otolaryngology Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(5):575. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880170101021
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