Pass the Smell Test: How to Assess Olfactory Loss Linked to COVID and Other Conditions

Smell loss is a much-discussed symptom of COVID, though it can be associated with other viral infections and even diseases such as Parkinson’s. Otolaryngologist Patricia A. Loftus, MD, discusses what’s known about smell loss in COVID patients as well as its general prevalence in our aging population. She presents the workup process for olfactory dysfunction, including objective tests for evaluating a patient’s sense of smell. Bonus: Learn about the treatment called olfactory training


February 21, 2022

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Patricia Loftus, MD

Patricia Loftus, MD

Rhinologist and skull base surgeon

Dr. Patricia Loftus is an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon, a specialist in treating disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Her expertise encompasses nasal and sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery and general otolaryngology. ...

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