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Definition of Dysgeusia

Dysgeusia Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
A bad taste in the mouth. Also called parageusia.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
Health Information
distortion or absence of the sense of taste.
National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Dysgeusia Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Dysgeusia ( or ) or parageusia is a distortion of the sense of taste. Dysgeusia is also often associated with ageusia, which is the complete lack of taste, and hypogeusia, which is the decrease in taste sensitivity. An alteration in taste or smell may be a secondary process in various disease states, or it may be the primary symptom. The distortion in the sense of taste is the only symptom, and diagnosis is usually complicated since the sense of taste is tied together with other sensory systems. Common causes of dysgeusia include chemotherapy, asthma treatment with albuterol, and zinc deficiency. Different drugs could also be responsible for altering taste and resulting in dysgeusia. Due to the variety of causes of dysgeusia, there are many possible treatments that are effective in alleviating or terminating the symptoms of dysgeusia. These include artificial saliva, pilocarpine, zinc supplementation, alterations in drug therapy, and alpha lipoic acid.

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