Stefan Heilmann

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Odors seem to be perceived differently when presented ortho- or retronasally. In this study, stimuli of controlled concentration and duration were applied in either the anterior nasal cavity or epipharynx by means of air-dilution olfactometry. Stimulus concentration was monitored in the olfactory cleft. In Experiment 1, odor thresholds to a food (chocolate)(More)
Certain mammalian olfactory receptor (OR) genes are exclusively or predominantly expressed in spermatozoa [1–2]. One of these receptors, hOR17-4, has been shown to mediate directed chemotactic movement of human sperm in vitro [3]. Whether sperm ORs additionally perform their ‘conventional’ task in olfaction is a longstanding question. Here, we investigate(More)
There is evidence that functionally different areas can be distinguished within the nasal mucosa with regard to stimulation site and stimulus properties. The aim of the present study was the comparison of electrophysiological and psychophysical measures obtained in response to mechanical and chemosomatosensory stimulation of two different regions of the(More)
To obtain information on the possible role of the vomeronasal duct (VND) in odor perception and human pheromone detection, the present study investigated different aspects of olfactory function, including thresholds for androstenone in adults with or without detectable VNDs. The study also examined correlations between detection thresholds of androstenone(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefit of patients with olfactory dysfunction from local (group A) or systemic (group B) administration of corticosteroids. METHODS This unblinded study was conducted at a smell and taste outpatient clinic of an institutional referral center. Patients with olfactory loss after infections of the upper(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS The study aimed to investigate the potential therapeutic effects of alpha-lipoic acid in olfactory loss following infections of the upper respiratory tract. Possible mechanisms of actions include the release of nerve growth factor and antioxidative effects, both of which may be helpful in the regeneration of olfactory receptor neurons.(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop a test kit for the simple assessment of retronasal olfactory function and to compare orthonasal and retronasal olfactory function in healthy subjects and patients with olfactory disorders. DESIGN AND PATIENTS We tested 230 individuals with normosmia, hyposmia, and anosmia using grocery-available powders. Initially, 30 different(More)
Caerulein is a dekapeptide related to gastrin and cholecystokinin with profound effects on gastrointestinal motility. In the present study we examined the effect of intravenously administered caerulein (0.1 microgram/kg body weight) on the intraluminal pressure of common bile duct and duodenum in 12 patients. The pressure recordings were obtained by(More)