Abstract Title:

Prepubescent children may have specific deficits in olfactory sensitivity.

Abstract Source:

Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Feb ;78(1):191-9. PMID: 8177659

Abstract Author(s):

H S Koelega

Article Affiliation:

H S Koelega


In three age groups (mean ages 9, 15, and 20 years, ns = 58, 58, 112) olfactory sensitivity to 5 odorants was assessed. The prepubescent children showed no loss in sensitivity to the odor of amyl acetate but were inferior in detection of the other 4 odorants, in particular, in detection of 2 musk odors. The results suggest odorant-specific receptor development during puberty. However, it is emphasized that several factors should be better controlled before it can be concluded that changes with age can be used as a model to increase knowledge of olfactory function.

Study Type : Human: Case Report
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