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Correlation of Clinical Factors and Loss of Taste and Smell in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019

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Department of ENT, İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of ENT, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

ENT Updates 2021; 11: 41-45
DOI: 10.5152/entupdates.2021.877911
Read: 111 Downloads: 54 Published: 22 April 2021

Objective: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to threaten the whole world. Early diagnosis of patients is very important to prevent the spread of the virus. Sudden loss of taste and smell is a common early symptom in patients. Therefore, it is thought that revealing the pathogenesis of the symptom will help both in early diagnosis and in predicting the prognosis.

Materials and Methods: The age, gender, predominant symptoms during Covid, length of stay at home/hospital, and smoking status of patients who had Covid and had loss of taste and smell between July 2020 and December 2020 were evaluated retrospectively. 

Results: Patients with loss of taste and smell were significantly younger than those who did not. The majority were female patients, non-smokers, and patients needing significantly less hospitalization and receiving treatment at home. Among the accompanying symptoms, GIS symptoms were also significantly more common in this group.

Conclusion: Loss of taste and smell is an important symptom in Covid-19 infection. Revealing the demographic and clinical characteristics associated with this symptom is valuable in terms of early diagnosis of the disease, predicting the prognosis and reducing the contagiousness.

Cite this article as: Resuli AS, Öktem F. Correlation of Clinical Factors and Loss of Taste and Smell in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019. ENT Updates. 2021; 11(1): 41-45.

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