Facial plast Surg 2017; 33(04): 396-404
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603828
Original Article
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The Human Sense of Olfaction

Ute Walliczek-Dworschak1, 2, Thomas Hummel1
  • 1Smell & Taste Clinic, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • 2Klinik für Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde, Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany
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Publication Date:
28 July 2017 (online)


The sense of olfaction is important not only for the detection of potential dangers such as fire or spoilt food, but also for the quality of life of human beings. In this article, we review the characteristics of the sense of smell and give a short overview about possible olfactory dysfunctions and their therapy.