Journal of Anesthesia

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 293–296 | Cite as

A case of anosmia and hypogeusia as a complication of propofol

  • Weijia Du
  • Zhendong Xu
  • Wenjing Wang
  • Zhiqiang Liu
Clinical Report


Anesthetics represent an uncommon cause of taste and smell disorders. We describe a case of anosmia and hypogeusia for 6 weeks after recovery from a uterine curettage operation in a 32-year-old woman. The case is unusual because propofol was the only anesthetic used during surgery and anesthesia. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed no abnormality. This case may highly suggest that propofol could induce smell and taste disorders.


Propofol Anosmia Hypogeusia 


Author contributions

WD helped collect the data and write this manuscript. ZL helped write this manuscript. ZX helped write this manuscript. WW helped sort and analyze image data.

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare no competing financial interest.


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© Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Weijia Du
    • 1
  • Zhendong Xu
    • 1
  • Wenjing Wang
    • 2
  • Zhiqiang Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant HospitalTongji University School of MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant HospitalTongji University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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