Research on Anosmia Suggests Follow-up Protocol

A research paper co-authored by Dr. Gul Moonis and published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology explores the diagnosis of anosmia, the inability to sense smells. The paper explores anosmia through the lens of a specific case involving a 33-year-old patient who complained of an inability to perceive taste and smell following a bicycle accident that caused a blow to her head. Researchers examined evidence from MRI scans performed on this patient shortly after her accident and additional scans performed 18 months later.

The paper documents the progression of her condition as observed in a clinical setting. This progression includes such symptoms as parosmia, the misperception of normal smells as noisome smells, and phantosmia, the hallucination of smells.

In the study, titled Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in the Evaluation of Traumatic Anosmia, Gul Moonis and her peers suggest caregivers perform MRI scans in conjunction with formal tests and consultations with ear, nose, and throat specialists to properly manage patients with anosmia resulting from head trauma.

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