Anosmia after Intranasal Zinc Gluconate Use

  title={Anosmia after Intranasal Zinc Gluconate Use},
  author={B. Jafek and M. R. Linschoten and B. Murrow},
  journal={American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy},
  pages={137 - 141}
  • B. Jafek, M. R. Linschoten, B. Murrow
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
  • Background Zinc is an essential mineral. Beneficial zinc absorption takes place via enteral, parenteral, or cutaneous routes. However, direct application to the olfactory epithelium has been reported to cause loss of smell. Recently, intranasal zinc gluconate has been recommended as a treatment for the common cold. Severe posttreatment hyposmia and anosmia have been observed. Methods The case report of a typical patient is presented and analyzed in detail, followed by a series of patients with… CONTINUE READING

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