What is the role of taste strips 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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Taste Strips (Burghart, Messtechnik, Germany) are strips of paper that can be purchased and are already impregnated with 4 taste qualities: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, each of these containing 4 different concentrations resulting in 16 strips in total. Specifically, these are sweet (0.4, 0.2, 0.1, 0.05 g/mL sucrose), sour (0.3, 0.165, 0.09, 0.05 g/mL citric acid), salty (0.25, 0.1, 0.04, 0.016 g/mL sodium chloride), and bitter (0.006, 0.0024, 0.0009, 0.0004 g/mL quinine hydrochloride). Normative values for these strips are available.


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