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Published: 2020-06-15

The secretory senescence of the senses of smell and taste

Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy
Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy
“Fisioter srl” Clinical Centre, San Salvo, Italy
“Fisioter srl” Clinical Centre, San Salvo, Italy
“Casa di Cura Liotti”, Clinical Centre, Perugia, Italy
Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy
aging smell taste nose salivary glands drugs chemotherapy radiotherapy

Abstract

Aging is a progressive and multifaceted event, which involves all the cells and organs of the human body. In this chapter we will try to analyze how the senses of smell and taste change with age. Anatomical and physiological modifications of the nose and salivary glands will be described, as well as changes in structures of the Central Nervous System and neurochemical processes that underlie these two senses. Finally, we will discuss the effect of many senile age drugs and chemo- radiotherapy on the perception of smell and taste, as well as the impact of chronical diseases on these senses.

Affiliations

Krizia Piccininni

Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy

Francesco Barbara

Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy

Carlo De Luca

“Fisioter srl” Clinical Centre, San Salvo, Italy

Giulia De Luca

“Fisioter srl” Clinical Centre, San Salvo, Italy

Carmelo Zappone

“Casa di Cura Liotti”, Clinical Centre, Perugia, Italy

Silvana Ciccarone

Department of Otorhinolaryngology “Mons. Dimiccoli” Hospital, Barletta, Italy

Copyright

© Società Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria (SIGG) , 2020

How to Cite

[1]
Piccininni, K., Barbara, F., De Luca, C., De Luca, G., Zappone, C. and Ciccarone, S. 2020. The secretory senescence of the senses of smell and taste. JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS. 68, 02 Special (Jun. 2020), 91-98. DOI:https://doi.org/10.36150/2499-6564-486.
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