Anosmia - Loss of Smell
Case Study: Anosmia– Loss of Sense of Smell
Submitting Doctor: John Kojis, D.C. (Vancouver, WA)
Patient: female, age 94
Prognosis: none given
Duration: over 70 years
Previous DC care with condition: yes
Outcome: Partially Resolved
Brief History: This patient had been under my care for over 5 years, initially presenting with disabling low back pain that confined her to a wheelchair– she now walks unaided. Her recent mention of the loss of her sense of smell, from unknown causes, since she was a young woman prompted a cranial assessment.
Findings and Care: Patient has been under weekly wellness (spinal) care for several years with recurrent subluxations at levels C1, C2, L5 and Sacrum. Cranial evaluation for the first four consecutive weeks shows a subluxated ethmoid with clockwise torque. This segment was checked and adjusted weekly using the Integrator instrument (an impact instrument).
Patient Response: After the second adjustment, the patient reported that she could smell breakfast cooking (she lives in an assisted living facility). She now (at four weeks) reports full sense of smell every day for a minute or two, but otherwise cannot smell at all.
Discussion: I expect the pattern of cranial subluxations to change sometime soon, though the chronicity of the condition dictates patience. The patient is delighted with the improvement to date.
Discussion (Dr. Blye): The ethmoid plate forms the superior floor of the nose. Ethmoid means"sieve – like" owing to the many holes through which the Olfactory nerves pass. It stands to reason that the ethmoid is the most likely cranial plate to subluxate in the loss of smell.
The most extraordinary feature of this case is the length of time of dysfunction. Even though cranial patterns shift much faster than spinal patterns, I suspect Dr. Kojis will be adjusting this patient’s ethmoid for a long time to come.
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