What is the role of Sniffin' Sticks in the diagnosis of taste and smell disorders?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Eric H Holbrook, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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This test, which uses a series of reusable penlike, odor-dispensing devices, evaluates 1) odor threshold through a single staircase method, 2) odor discrimination with forced choice among 3 of 16 different common odorants, and 3) odor identification with multiple forced choice from four verbal items. A composite score is calculated from a composite of all 3 scores to provide an overall assessment of olfactory function.


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