An Online Compendium of News & Clinical Science May 23, 2016

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Odor identification scores correlate with lesion location and cognitive measures in traumatic brain injury patients. Read more.
Large, multicenter study finds odor identification scores to be quick and accurate diagnostic tool for Parkinson's disease. Read more.
Multiple odors are effective in assessing smell after functional endoscopic sinus surgery for nasal polyps. Read more.
Improvement in odor perception after endoscopic removal of nasal polyps. Read more.
Odor perception deficits found in patients with alcohol dependence and Korsakoff Syndrome. Read more.
Mayo Clinic Study of Aging links reduction in odor identification to amnestic mild cognitive impairment and progression to Alzheimer's dementia. Read more.
Chemotherapy is associated with olfactory impairment, with patients >50 years old more susceptible than younger patients. Read more.
Smell and taste impairment not significantly related to eating pleasure and appetite in older, independently living Italian adults. Read more.
Large-scale population study in South Korea links olfactory dysfunction to elevated risk of depressed mood and suicidal ideation. Read more.
Odor identification scores trend lower with lead exposure in elderly men. Read more.
Children with autism spectrum disorder fail to modulate sniff response to pleasant versus unpleasant odors. Read more.
Patients with impaired odor perception are more likely to be overweight or obese than controls. Read more.
Age-related macular degeneration is associated with impaired odor perception. Read more.
Volume of olfactory bulbs/tracts based on MRI, combined with olfactory measures, can distinguish Parkinson's disease from related disorders. Read more.
State and trait anxiety (but not smoking) linked to reduced olfactory ability. Read more.
Self-assessment of olfactory loss correlates with actual performance only at the level of total anosmia. Read more.
Parkinson's disease patients who smoke show less olfactory dysfunction than patients who never smoked or who no longer smoke. Read more.
Genome-wide analysis of older adults suggests SNPs at tau protein locus may link olfactory dysfunction to neurodegenerative diseases. Read more.
Mutation in TENMI gene linked to congenital general anosmia. Read more.
Large-scale study in Italy suggests sense of smell does not decrease linearly with age but forms 'juvenile,' 'mature,' and 'elder' phenotypes. Read more.
Olfactory performance scores can help discriminate Alzheimer's disease from dementia with Lewy bodies in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Read more.
Changes in olfactory sensitivity with age may be odor-specific. Read more.
Algorithm predicts extent of post-traumatic olfactory loss based on pattern of brain lesions. Read more.
Olfactory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease is associated with faster disease progression. Read more.
Hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women positively influences a limited number of olfactory and cognitive measures. Read more.
Smell dysfunction in first-degree relatives of patients with cleft lip or palate linked to morphology of upper nasal region. Read more.
Olfactory impairment reduces physical but not mental quality of life measures, with combined sensory impairments worsening the effect of a single-sense deficit. Read more.
Only three smells are necessary for an odor identification test with sufficient sensitivity and specificity. Read more.
Neuroticism scores are higher in patients with olfactory dysfunction. Read more.
Lingering post-smell activation in orbitofrontal cortex observed in patients with multiple chemical sensitivity. Read more.
Consultation with ENT physician improves quality of life and olfactory measures in chronic rhinosinusitis patients. Read more.
Reduced olfactory function in obese women linked to higher levels of circulating endocannabinoids. Read more.
Comparison of two smell tests finds performance difference when used with children five to six years of age. Read more.
Radiation treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer associated with impaired smell and taste function. Read more.
Study suggests normosmic Parkinson's disease patients are a unique clinical phenotype with more benign course. Read more.
Olfactory bulb volume in Parkinson's disease not associated with disease severity or smell function. Read more.
Olfactory bulb volume increases and odor sensitivity improves after functional endoscopic sinus surgery for nasal polyps. Read more.
Five-year followup confirms African-Americans more likely than other groups to experience initial decline in olfactory function. Read more.
Atrophy in primary olfactory cortex and hippocampus correlates with smell loss in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's dieseas. Read more.
Manganese exposure in teenagers linked to reduced odor perception and to changes in brain response and morphology. Read more.
New self-administered, computerized olfactory threshold test validated on patients with anosmia and hyposmia. Read more.
New test of odor identification and intensity validated for Taiwanese population. Read more.
Odor identification test shows correlations with age and Alzheimer's disease in Japanese population. Read more.
Plasma oxytocin levels may predict odor identification ability and negativity of odor response in patients with schizophrenia. Read more.
MRI confirms reduced/absent olfactory bulbs and hypoplastic olfactory sulci in congenital anosmics. Read more.
MRI study finds age, laterality, and task-specific effects of smell loss on olfactory bulb volume and olfactory sulcus depth. Read more.
Rapid maxillary expansion improves olfactory sensitivity in children. Read more.
Age-related trends in odor perception confirmed in large, cumulative ad hoc dataset. Read more.
Odor identification scores fail to predict transition from ultra-high risk status to schizophrenia but may predict poor functional outcome. Read more.
Study compares MRI results with chemosensory event-related potentials in patients with post-traumatic anosmia. Read more.
No specific histomorphological changes found in peripheral olfactory epithelium of schizophrenic patients relative to controls. Read more.
Olfactory event-related potentials are absent or reduced in young patients with multiple sclerosis. Read more.
Extended 32-item version of a commercial odor identification test shows high validity and test-retest reliability. Read more.

Parosmia, Dysosmia, Cacosmia & Phantosmia

Case report suggests usefulness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for psychosis in treatment of olfactory hallucinations. Read more.
Olfactory hallucinations as warning sign in patient with bipolar disorder. Read more.
Case study: olfactory hallucinations as primary symptom for ischemic stroke in the right posterior insula. Read more.
High prevalence of osmophobia in migraine patients makes it a useful tool in primary care diagnosis of migraine. Read more.
Osmophobia more often associated with cutaneous allodynia in chronic rather than episodic migraine. Read more.
Case study of PTSD patient with olfactory hallucinations finds enhanced connectivity in olfactory cortex. Read more.
Olfactory hallucinations found in 3.9% of young migraineurs; typically follow shortly on onset of headache and last 15 to 50 minutes. Read more.
Osmophobia is a significant risk factor for suicidality in migraine patients. Read more.
Case study of patient with abdominal pain, arterial hypertension, and smell disturbances due to adrenocortical adenoma. Read more.
Survey of 269 patients with chemosensory disorders finds dysosmia more frequent in patients taking more than four medications daily. Read more.
Case report of 37-year-old woman with delusions of bad breath discussed with respect to differential diagnoses. Read more.
"Bad smell", nausea and dizziness as symptoms of cerebral aneurysm in a 54-year-old woman. Read more.
Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project finds no sex difference in olfactory symptoms related to epileptic seizures. Read more.
The use of valproate to manage idiopathic olfactory hallucinations. Read more.
Case study of olfactory hallucinations in a 53-year-old woman with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more.
Case study finds parosmia in a middle-aged woman associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Read more.
Self-selected sample of 496 Britains suffering olfactory dysfunction finds parosmia experienced by 19% and phantosmia by 24%. Read more.
Two case studies suggest that olfactory reference syndrome responds to treatment with antipsychotic and SSRI medications. Read more.
Case study of olfactory hallucinations serving as early warning sign in patient with bipolar disorder. Read more.
Report of Charles Bonnet syndrome with olfactory hallucinations. Read more.
Parosmia and phantosmia are enhanced in patients with severe depression. Read more.
Significant prevalence of olfactory hallucinations in Parkinson's disease. Read more.
No long-term benefit to topical cocainization as a treatment for phantosmia. Read more.
Patient complaining of bad body odor suffering from olfactory delusional syndrome rather than phantosmia. Read more.
Odor source localization less accurate in schizophrenic patients with olfactory hallucinations. Read more.
Case study of cacosmia associated with fungal dacryocystitis. Read more.
Halitosis-like phantosmia experienced by two young patients undergoing radiation therapy for brain tumors. Read more.
Case report of unilateral cacosmia associated with maxillary sinus fungal infection. Read more.
Case report of complex olfactory hallucinations during a migraine attack in a 17-year-old patient. Read more.
Despite expense, MRI imaging is cost-effective in the workup of idiopathic dysosmia. Read more.
Schizophrenic patients have altered hedonic responses to the smell of amyl acetate. Read more.
Changes in odor perception during major depressive episode persist after clinical improvement of depression. Read more.
Osmophobia is common in Taiwanese migaineurs and linked to higher anxiety and depression scores. Read more.
Olfactory reference syndrome in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Read more.
A study links olfactory hallucinations in schizophrenia to specific neuropsychological impairments. Read more.
A case report of Olfactory Reference Syndrome discusses proposed changes to the DSM-V classification. Read more.
Olfactory hallucinations may be a significant non-motor symptom in Parkinson's disease. Read more.
Schizophrenic patients with olfactory hallucinations more likely to have olfactory habituation deficits and past episodes of brief unconsciousness. Read more.
Case report of subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord and a novel dysosmia. Read more.
An unusual case of migraine headache associated with olfactory hallucinations in a patient with post-traumatic anosmia. Read more.
Activation of subdural electrodes implanted near the olfactory bulb in epileptic children produce olfactory hallucinations. Read more.
A case report of long lasting phantosmia that disappeared under anti-depressive treatment with venlafaxine. Read more.
Case report of headaches in a migraine patient induced by a Valsalva manoeuvre she used to relieve persistent cacosmia. Read more.
Large Chinese study characterizes olfactory and trigeminal event-related potentials in hyposmic and anosmic patients. Read more.
Olfactory hallucinations in headache typically last 5 to 60 minutes, occur shortly before or with the onset of head pain, and consist of a highly specific unpleasant odor. Read more.
A review of the current clinical understanding of olfactory distortions and how to evaluate them. Read more.
A case report from Ceylon of a soldier in his early thirties diagnosed with Olfactory Reference Syndrome, on the basis of an imagined smell of urine in the absence of actual urinary incontinence. Read more.
Australian psychologist R.J. Stevenson examines the evidence for olfactory illusions and the reasons they may escape awareness. Read more.
The body locations that most frequently preoccupy patients with Olfactory Reference Syndrome are mouth (75%), armpits (60%) and genitals (35%). Read more.
A review of all 84 case studies of Olfactory Reference Syndrome published since 1891 reveals that a majority of patients are male with an age of onset <20 years. Read more.
Brain areas involved in odor quality discrimination and odor memory are reduced in size in parosmic patients. Read more.

News & Reviews

Odor sensitivity predicts size of a person's social network. Read more.
Literature review examines fifteen patient-reported outcome measures for chronic rhinosinusitis, identifies best measures. Read more.
A meta review of 20 years worth of studies on prevention and management of taste and smell alterations in cancer patients concludes that no intervention has proven effective. Read more.
Bringing the link between Alzheimer's disease and smell into sharper focus: a review of AD pathology in olfactory system interneurons. Read more.

A chapter by Richard Doty in the new Handbook of Clinical Neurology covers the neurotoxic consequences on smell of exposure to solvents, metals, and particulate matter. Read more.
In nine studies of endoscopic sinus surgery, some show improvement in olfactory performance with resection (versus preservation) of middle turbinate. Read more.
A review of 36 studies on smell in allergic rhinitis finds likelihood of olfactory dysfunction increases with duration of disorder, reaching frequencies of 20% to 40%, and only limited evidence that treatments improve function. Read more.

In an essay at Mosaic Science, Emma Young describes how life has changed for Nick Johnson following a traumatic brain injury that left him anosmic. Read more.

Meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis finds treatment with oral steroids significantly improves objective and subjective measures of olfaction. Read more.
Neuromodulation of olfactory and gustatory processing is produced by a variety of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, as described in a new review. Read more.
A literature review finds high prevalence of smell and taste alterations in patients undergoing palliative care. Read more.

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A German review article for ENTs describes the state of the art in the diagnosis of olfactory disorders. Read more.
A selective review of the literature recommends further research into the utility of smell testing in routine clinical practice as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease. Read more.
Case review of 100 consecutive patients finds MRI imaging adds little value to patient history and clinical examination findings. Read more.
Human clinical data and animal models suggest a link between olfactory dysfunction and depression. Read more.
Olfaction is among the sensory modalities that display altered processing in migraine. Read more.
Review of the literature suggests that olfactory dysfunction may be useful in differential diagnosis of two common conditions in the elderly: Alzheimer's disease and depression. Read more.
A literature review considers how to use olfactory tests that detect incipient Alzheimer's dementia in clinical trials and screening programs. Read more.
A new review highlights the functional significance of social chemosignals in human reproduction and survival. Read more.
Impaired olfaction is a characteristic feature of Parkinson's disease. A new review summarizes this aspect of PD and the use of smell tests for early and differential diagnosis. Read more.
A cross-cultural comparison of Europeans, Cook Islanders and the Tsimane' of Bolivia finds higher olfactory acuity in the second group, a modern society living amid less air pollution. Read more.
Review of legal cases in the Westlaw database suggests that median settlements and awards for olfactory dysfunction resulting from physician negligence are $300,000 and $412,500 respectively. Read more.
A review of olfactory dysfunction in dementia examines current research and compilation of olfactory assessment tools. Read more.
Systematic literature review finds lack of standardization in quantitative assessment of children's sense of smell. Read more.
Differences in cannabinoid receptor expression in olfactory bulb may account for different sensory effects of cannabis in mice and humans. Read more.
Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels could play a important functional roles in mammalian olfaction. Read more.
A review of olfactory bulb involvement in neurodegenerative diseases, with analysis of large autopsy study of olfactory tract and bulb pathology. Read more.
Literature review finds clear and consistent correlation between general olfactory function and olfactory bulb volume. Read more.
Anatomical features of the anthropoid nose are vestiges of previously functional structures; the vomeronasal organ is absent in adult humans but has a role in olfactory neurogenesis. Read more.
Olfactory event-related potentials now have been recorded successfully from infants between 23 and 41 days old. Read more.
The role of anti-inflammatory therapy and controlled odor exposure in the management of gradual onset smell loss. Read more.
Meta-analysis suggests that olfactory deficits are a useful marker for schizophrenia risk status. Read more.
A review of the anatomy and cellular constituents of the human olfactory mucosa. Read more.
The few studies available suggest that anosmia and olfactory dysfunction are dose-response outcomes of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Read more.
A review of the literature considers how smell impairment impacts quality of life. Read more.
A review of hyposmia in Parkinson's disease and its role as a potential biomarker. Read more.
French review of surgical treatment for nasal polyposis finds improvement in olfactory function. Read more.
How variation in olfactory receptor genes contributes to individual differences in odor perception. Read more.
A review of olfactory deficits and other features of different hypogonadotropic hypogonadal syndromes. Read more.
A review of olfactory neuropathology in Alzheimer's disease. Read more.
Interdisciplinary team speculates about olfactory measures to diagnose and treat infant malnutrition. Read more.
A smell and taste clinic reviews findings from 5,183 patients examined over a 40-year span. Read more.
A review of Machado-Joseph disease notes olfactory dysfunction as one of its nonmotor, extracerebellar features. Read more.
A first-person account of congenital anosmia by a philosopher is included in a special smell issue of The Anatomical Record. Read more.
Humans can discriminate as many as one trillion odors, far more than previously thought. Read more.
A comprehensive review suggests links between smell function and autoimmune disease. Read more.
A systematic review of chemosensation in myasthenia gravis recommends olfactory testing in this disorder. Read more.
A literature review places olfactory dysfunction among the non-cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Read more.

Disorders of Odor Perception is updated frequently. Items are entered chronologically with newest items at the top of each column.

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