Gustatory changes in patients with chronic otitis media, before and after middle-ear surgery

C. C. Huang, C. D. Lin, C. Y. Wang, J. H. Chen, Y. T. Shiao, M. H. Tsai

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Abstract

Objective: We investigated gustatory changes in patients with chronic otitis media, before and after middle-ear surgery.Methods: This prospective study included 38 patients with unilateral chronic otitis media. We used taste testing solutions to evaluate each patient's taste function. Intra-operative assessments of the chorda tympani nerve were also compared and analysed.Results: Patients with chronic otitis media had significantly worse ipsilateral perception of sour, bitter and salty tastes. In patients with good intra-operative preservation of the chorda tympani nerve, there was significant improvement in gustatory function one month post-operatively, compared with the pre-operative baseline. In patients who sustained intra-operative chorda tympani nerve injury, one month post-operative gustatory function was the same as the pre-operative baseline.Conclusion: Middle-ear surgery for chronic otitis media not only treats the ear but also improves gustatory function in the majority of patients. In patients with intra-operative injury to the chorda tympani nerve, post-operative taste decline is only temporary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-474
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume126
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Otitis Media
Middle Ear
Chorda Tympani Nerve
Wounds and Injuries
Ear
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Chorda Tympani Nerve
  • Ear
  • Hypogeusia
  • Middle
  • Otitis Media
  • Taste
  • Tympanoplasty

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Gustatory changes in patients with chronic otitis media, before and after middle-ear surgery. / Huang, C. C.; Lin, C. D.; Wang, C. Y.; Chen, J. H.; Shiao, Y. T.; Tsai, M. H.

In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Vol. 126, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 470-474.

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Huang, C. C. ; Lin, C. D. ; Wang, C. Y. ; Chen, J. H. ; Shiao, Y. T. ; Tsai, M. H. / Gustatory changes in patients with chronic otitis media, before and after middle-ear surgery. In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology. 2012 ; Vol. 126, No. 5. pp. 470-474.
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