A decreased sense of smell can have many different etiologies. Over time, all individuals suffer from gradual decreases in their sense of smell just as their eyesight or hearing may diminish with age. However, severe loss of smell or taste may indicate other pathologies. Patients with nasal allergies or chronic sinusitis will often have fluctuating or chronic loss of smell from inflammation and blockage of the olfactory cleft, the space in the nasal cavity containing the majority of smell receptors. Patients with nasal polyps also typically have this complaint, and while treatment of their polyps medically or surgically often improves their sense of smell, chronic polyps and inflammation can erode the smell nerves and lead to permanent smell loss. Less commonly, tumors of the sinuses and skull base can also lead to smell loss.
About Our Hyposmia Treatment Center
The Beverly Hills Sinus Center is located in the world renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Towers and headed by Dr. Arthur Wu. The Beverly Hills Sinus Center is the premier sinus institute serving Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles Area. Dr. Arthur Wu is one of only a small handful of fellowship trained endoscopic sinus and skull base surgeons in the world.
The Beverly Hills Sinus Center is known as a center of excellence in Southern California for compassionate care and cutting edge research in the field of hyposmia, nasal and sinus diseases. Dr. Arthur Wu is a board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat surgeon with special fellowship training in the treatment of nasal, sinus, and skull base diseases. He treats a wide range of problems including hyposmia, nasal allergies, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal obstruction, sinus and skull base tumors, nasolacrimal duct obstruction (tearing), and exophthalmos (protruding eyes).