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This manuscript aims to provide an overview of the etiology and diagnosis of olfactory and gustatory disorders. Not only are they common with about 5% of the population affected, but olfactory and gustatory disorders have recently gained attention in light of the rising SARS-CoV‑2 pandemic: sudden loss of smell and/or taste is regarded as one of the cardinal symptoms. Furthermore, in the early diagnostics of neurodegenerative diseases, olfactory disorders are of great importance. Patients with olfactory dysfunction often show signs of depression. The impact of olfactory/gustatory disorders is thus considerable, but therapeutic options are unfortunately still limited. Following a description of the etiology, the diagnostic and therapeutic options are discussed on the basis of current literature. Potential future treatments are also addressed, e.g. autologous mucosal grafts or olfactory implants.

Translated title of the contribution
Olfactory and gustatory disorders


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
Journal HNO : Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Halschirurgie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

External IDs

PubMed 35020005
ORCID /0000-0001-9713-0183/work/146645418


ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Anosmia, COVID-19, Olfaction, Respiratory tract infections, Rhinosinusitis