Olfactory function in oncologic hospice patients

Arkadi Yakirevitch*, Michaela Bercovici, Lela Migirov, Abraham Adunsky, M. Raphael Pfeffer, Jona Kronenberg, Yoav P. Talmi

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Introduction: Normal sense of smell is important for well being. Although cancer is reported to be associated with impaired olfactory function, very few studies have directly evaluated this effect. Patients and Methods: We performed a quantitative analysis of olfactory status in 42 hospice patients in a hospital-based hospice facility. Olfaction was assessed using the "Sniffin' Sticks®" (Burghart Medical Technology, Tinsdaler, Germany) kit. Results: Twenty-five patients (60%) were found to be hyposmic. Conclusion: Study results indicate the high incidence of decreased olfactory function among hospice patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006


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