Children Who Can't Smell the Coffee: Isolated Congenital Anosmia

Division of Pediatric Neurology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Quebec, Canada.
Journal of Child Neurology (Impact Factor: 1.72). 05/1998; 13(4):168-72. DOI: 10.1177/088307389801300404
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Two children with isolated congenital anosmia, a rare syndrome of deficient restricted neuronal migration, are presented with early diagnosis confirmed by standardized smell testing and detailed neuroimaging studies. Recognition of this disorder and its spectrum of presentations provides important insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the olfactory system.

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    • "In a previous study that included 22 patients, 8 of them had a familial history of CGA (Leopold et al. 1992). Other sporadic cases have been described mostly in children and adolescents (Vowles et al. 1997; Assouline et al. 1998; Ho and Carrie 2001; Nishida et al. 2004). The published familial cases include a large 4-generation family with 27 affected individuals from the Faroe Islands (Lygonis 1969) and 8 American familial cases described by Leopold (Leopold et al. 1992). "
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    • "They tend to show between the age of 5 and 10 years. The best known genetic olfactory disorder is Kallmann's syndrome (hypogonadotropic hypogonadism with anosmia) [137], but isolated anosmia is also known [138]. Neuroradiologic examination revealed marked hypoplasia or the total absence of the olfactory bulb or tract (68-84%) [139], in addition to clearly reduced sulcus depth [140]. "
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