味覚外来の臨床統計  [in Japanese] Clinical Analysis of Patients with Taste Disturbance  [in Japanese]

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We report here the results of a clinical analysis of taste disturbance at our taste clinic from January 1999 to May 2000. The subjects were 86 patients whose mean age was 60.1 years.<br>Our analysis included interview, taste examination by electrogustometry, checking the flow rate of saliva and the levels of serum iron, copper and zinc. Idiopathic taste disturbance and deficiency of serum zinc was treated with an oral administration of zinc sulfate, and we used a herbal medicine to treat dry mouth, and iron medicine for serum iron deficiency. Idiopathic taste disturbance was the commonest cause of taste disturbance (38%), and the second was upper respiratory tract infection/cold (26%). In electrogustometry, the taste disturbance group accounted for 80% of all patients. Fifty-three cases (63%) had deficiency of serum zinc, and 40 (75%) of them had taste disturbance. More than 50% of the patients with zinc deficiency had taste disturbance.<br>In electrogustometry, 60% of all patients improved by treatment. Fifty percent of the low and high class taste disturbance cases (low class: the cases had a measured value of 10-20dB by electrogustometry at the area controlled by the chorda tympani nerve, high class: scaled out cases) improved, and 85% of the middle class cases improved by treatment.

Journal

  • Practica Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica

    Practica Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica 94(3), 229-234, 2001-03-01

    The Society of Practical Otolaryngology

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10008096115
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AN00107089
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    00326313
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  J-STAGE 
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