Gustatory testing for clinicians
B. Schuster*, E. Iannilli*, V. Gudziol* and B. N. Landis*,**
*Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Dresden Medical School, Dresden, Germany; **Departments of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Geneva Medical School and Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
Taste; taste strips; gustatory event-related potentials; electro-gustometry
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Gustatory testing for clinicians. By contrast with the evaluation of olfactory function, which has been standardised for almost two decades, the clinical assessment of gustatory function with psychophysical and objective testing is still in its infancy. This overview will attempt to summarise the knowledge that is important for clinicians in the awareness that progress in the field is ongoing. We focus on psychophysical testing but also discuss some recent achievements in the area of objective taste testing. There are now validated tests available for simple quick scans of gustatory function but debate continues about the extent to which such tests can be used for medico-legal purposes. In addition to emerging measures such as gustatory event-related potentials and functional imaging, routine objective gustatory testing will be needed in the future.
Suppl. 13, 2009

Gustatory testing for clinicians