People who lose their sense of smell following traumatic brain injury must be monitored to ensure that their symptoms do not worsen even further, according to one expert.
Dr Audrey Fortin, a professor at the Universite de Montreal School of Optometry and researcher at the Lucie Bruneau Rehabilitation Centre, said that people with a damaged sense of smell are at a serious disadvantage.
His comments followed the publication of a recent study conducted at the facility which suggested that loss of the ability to smell can occur in both mild and severe traumatic brain injury patients.
Dr Fortin explained: "Olfactory dysfunctions have a negative impact on daily life, health and safety. It is important to pay attention to this symptom once a patient's condition has been stabilised following a traumatic brain injury."
Meanwhile, Caitlin Hagan, writing for the Paging Dr Gupta blog on the CNN website, recently said that treatment must begin as soon as possible after people suffer a traumatic brain injury in order to improve prognosis.
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