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Loss of taste Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Loss of taste. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had a loss of taste?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the loss of taste total or partial ?

    Why: e.g. general loss of taste is the inability to detect the qualities of sweet, salt, bitter or sour; partial loss of taste is the ability to detect some, but not all tastes.

  3. What is the age of the person with the loss of taste?

    Why: It is normal to get a gradual reduction in the sense of smell and taste with aging.

  4. History of head trauma?

    Why: may suggest fracture of petrous temporal bone causing a facial nerve palsy.

  5. Dental health?

    Why: when last saw a dentist?, dental care routine? Known dental caries? - may suggest gingivitis, periodontitis, Vincent's infection, dental abscess.

  6. Past history of radiation therapy to the oral cavity or pharynx?

    Why: may cause loss of smell.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Bell's palsy may ??. ; Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, diabetes insipidus, Raynaud's phenomenon, systemic sclerosis, chronic active hepatitis and vasculitis may all be associated with Sjogren's syndrome.

  8. Medications?

    Why: some medications are known to cause loss of taste such as penicillamine, bismuth, iodine, bromides, anti-thyroid medications, anticancer medications.

  9. Risk factors for stroke?

    Why: e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, atrial fibrillation, family history of early stroke.

  10. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases risk of gingivitis.

  11. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. mercury and other heavy metals may cause loss of taste.

  12. Loss of smell?

    Why: People who have a loss of smell usually complain of a loss of sense of taste even though their taste thresholds may be within normal limits. This is because flavour appreciation depends on detecting the smell of substances in food and beverages as well as the sense of taste. Disturbances in the sense of taste are far less frequent than disturbances of the sense of smell. See also loss_of_smell.

  13. Dry mouth?

    Why: causes of dry mouth may cause loss of sense of taste due to interference with access of the taste to the taste buds. Causes of dry mouth include Sjogren's syndrome and heavy metal intoxication.

  14. Facial paralysis (facial asymmetry, droopy mouth, inability to close eyelids tightly, loss ) associated with absence of taste on the front two thirds of the tongue?

    Why: can help determine the location of the seventh nerve palsy.

  15. Does the facial paralysis spare the forehead muscles?

    Why: e.g. if still able to furrow the brow and wrinkle the forehead, the cause of the facial paralysis is most likely due to a brain stroke or brain tumor.

  16. Paralysis or weakness of one side of the body?

    Why: If paralysis or weakness was of sudden onset consider stroke, extradural or subdural hematoma (blood clot). If weakness of body is on the opposite side to the facial paralysis consider brain stem thrombosis (clot) or hemorrhage (bleed). If the weakness of one side of the body is gradual in onset consider a brain tumor, brain abscess or brain degenerative disease.

  17. Ear ache or hearing loss?

    Why: should consider acoustic neuroma, petrositis, mastoiditis, herpes zoster and cholesteatoma.

  18. Symptoms of Bell's palsy?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of marked weakness on one side of the face, mouth sags, drooling from the affected side of mouth, loss of taste on front of tongue, eye may water, pain behind the ear.

  19. Symptoms of Primary Sjogren's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. dry eyes, dryness of the mouth, skin or vagina. This syndrome may be associated with many systemic conditions such as Raynaud's phenomenon, difficulty in swallowing (as seen in systemic sclerosis), painful joints (like that seen with systemic lupus erythematosus), thyroid disease, myasthenia gravis, primary biliary cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, renal diabetes insipidus, renal tubular acidosis and vasculitis. It may also cause loss of taste due to interference with access of the taste to the taste buds.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Loss of taste:

The following list of conditions have 'Loss of taste' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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