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BACKGROUND It is well known that prolonged anemia causes atrophy of tongue papillae, glossal pain, and dysphagia, but it is uncertain whether iron (Fe) deficiency induces glossal pain without any objective manifestation. To resolve this matter, the relationship between Fe deficiency and glossal pain was examined. METHODS Eighteen patients with Fe(More)
The cause of taste abnormality was investigated in 25 patients with decreased taste sensation (hypogeusia group) and 14 patients with abnormal taste sensation (dysgeusia group) by examining taste threshold, salivary flow rate, Candida cell culture, and laboratory examination of peripheral blood. The cause of hypogeusia was identified as iron deficiency in 7(More)
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