Euosmia: A rare form of parosmia

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The nature of qualitative olfactory disorders such as phantosmia and parosmia is a matter of debate. Parosmia and phantosmia mainly occur in combination with post-traumatic or post-infectious olfactory loss. Rare causes of these disorders such as brain tumors, side-effects of drugs, paraneoplastic syndromes, psychiatric disorders or intracerebral haemorrhage have been reported. Parosmias are distorted sensations of smell elicited by an odor, whereas phantosmias persist permanently or occur without the presence of an odor source. Phantosmias differ widely in terms of their nature. In contrast, parosmias always seem to be unpleasant. We report the case of a female with post-infectious hyposmia who reported a pleasant parosmia to selected odorants. We have called this rare clinical presentation euosmia.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-103
Number of pages3
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

External IDs

WOS 000233618400016
PubMed 16308262
Scopus 28844493686
ORCID /0000-0001-9713-0183/work/146645666



  • Euosmia, Parosmia, Phantosmia