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Loss of Taste with General Anesthesia

11/05/2007

Question:

I had a hip replacement one month ago. I seem to have lost my sense of taste since this surgery. It is slowly coming back but not yet back to my baseline. Is this possibly due to the anesthesia? If so, can you explain the pathophysiology. Thanks in advance.

Answer:

Although this is not the first time I've been asked this question I'm still not aware of any links between anesthesia and the loss of the sense of taste after surgery. I suspect this is a random coincidence and I cannot explain how, even in theory, it might occur.

Hip replacement surgery is usually done with regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia, not general anesthesia, which would make it even harder to explain any connection.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University