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Could it happen such that a head injury cause permanent anosmia?

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Dr. Ernest Block
Surgery - Trauma
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This is not a common deficit after head injury.
However it does occur and loss of smell is most commonly caused by trauma. It may be permanent.

In brief: Yes

This is not a common deficit after head injury.
However it does occur and loss of smell is most commonly caused by trauma. It may be permanent.
Dr. Ernest Block
Dr. Ernest Block
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Dr. Nick Debnath
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

Sudden deceleration injuries or anterior skull base trauma can certainly lead to permanent anosmia.

In brief: Yes

Sudden deceleration injuries or anterior skull base trauma can certainly lead to permanent anosmia.
Dr. Nick Debnath
Dr. Nick Debnath
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Yes

A significant head injury can cause damage to the olfactory nerve and loss of smell.

In brief: Yes

A significant head injury can cause damage to the olfactory nerve and loss of smell.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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