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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 136-138

Olfactory hallucinations in schizophrenia: Does it carry any meaning?

Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sujita Kumar Kar
Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.184597

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Olfactory dysfunctions are reported in multiple psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. The patterns of olfactory distortion in schizophrenia include impairments in olfactory perception, olfactory discrimination, olfactory memory, and olfactory perception threshold sensitivity. Olfactory dysfunction is believed to be an early warning sign of schizophrenia and is an important endophenotypic marker. We highlight a case of late onset acute and transient psychotic disorder with olfactory hallucination. Different implications of olfactory hallucinations in a psychotic patient are discussed with a review of the literature.

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