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Loss of Smell and Taste After General Anesthesia: A Case Report

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This case report describes a patient, who lost the ability to smell and taste after receiving a propofol-based general anesthesia for a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. Immediately after the procedure, the patient had anosmia (loss of smell), ageusia (loss of taste), and light dysphagia. Assessment by an otorhinolaryngologist and the results of a magnetic resonance imaging could not clarify the pathology behind these symptoms. Although there are several plausible explanations for the patient's anosmia and ageusia (eg, cerebral infarcts, nerve damage, chronic sinusitis), the most likely explanation is an uncommon adverse drug reaction to the anesthetic agents used during the procedure.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBMJ Case Reports
Vol/bind9
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)346-348
Antal sider3
ISSN1757-790X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15 dec. 2017

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