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Loss of smell from a TBI (Traumatic burn injury) is estimated to occur in 25 % of all brain injuries but is often overlooked.

People may first notice that foods taste differently as food taste is directly related to the sense of smell. Loss of smell is

called anosmia. It may be total or partial.

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This is part 2 of a 2 part series on Diagnosing loss of smell. Part 1 of the article is here.

After the patient sees the ENT doctor and neurologist, the neurologist will usually order an Olfactory  Nerve Evoked Potentials test to help confirm the patients loss of smell.

This test measures electrical activity in the nerve as various smells are introduced.

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Diagnosing Loss of Smell from Trauma  is a complicated process.

Many times, people in motor vehicle accidents suffer head or brain injuries as a result. Ten percent of people suffering head or brain injuries will also develop a diminished or lost sense of smell.

Although there are many reasons someone may lose or have diminished smell, motor vehicle accidents and trauma are the most common causes in individuals under 65.

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