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Other Names for this Disease
- Isolated congenital anosmia
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Approximately 5% of the general population has anosmia. Although the exact prevalence is unknown, a much smaller minority, about 1% of those who are anosmic, are classified as having isolated congenital anosmia (or loss of smell that is present at birth with no other symptoms). Isolated congenital anosmia is a diagnosis of exclusion, where people have no recollection of ever being able to smell and no other underlung disease-causing condition can be ascribed. Many people are unaware of their condition until it is clinically diagnosed.
Last updated: 1/27/2012
Unfortunately, there is limited information in the available medical literature about the treatment of congenital anosmia. Currently there is no known cure or treatment for this condition.
Last updated: 4/9/2012
- Karstensen H, Tommerup N. Isolated and syndromic forms of congenital anosmia. Clinical Genetics. Sept 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21895637. Accessed 1/26/2012.
- Leopold D, et al. Disorders of Taste and Smell. Emedicine. June 24, 2009; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/861242-overview. Accessed 3/9/2011.