Gustatory function and taste perception in patients with oral lichen planus and tongue involvement.

Suter, Valérie; Negoias, Simona; Friedrich, Hergen Martin; Landis, Basile Nicolas; Caversaccio, Marco; Bornstein, Michael (2017). Gustatory function and taste perception in patients with oral lichen planus and tongue involvement. Clinical oral investigations, 21(3), pp. 957-964. Springer 10.1007/s00784-016-1860-x

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OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate if patients with oral lichen planus (OLP) and tongue involvement have impaired taste function and if there is an association to the perception of pain. MATERIAL AND METHODS The test group included patients with OLP and involvement of the tongue without treatment (n = 20). Control subjects had no mucosal or systemic disease affecting taste function and were matched for age and gender (n = 20). Patients' intraoral pain and subjective perception of taste were recorded on a visual analog scale. Taste function was assessed by means of the "taste strips." RESULTS Measured taste function was slightly but significantly decreased in OLP patients compared to control subjects (p = 0.01). Self-rated taste perception did not differ in both groups (p = 0.8). Post hoc analysis showed that particularly the taste quality "sour" was most affected by the OLP status (p = 0.01). There were no correlations between pain and subjective/objective taste perception. CONCLUSION Untreated OLP subjects have lower gustatory function, which they are not aware of. CLINICAL RELEVANCE Impaired gustatory function in patients with OLP may affect patient's quality of life. Further studies on larger samples sizes are requested.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Oral Surgery and Stomatology

UniBE Contributor:

Suter, Valérie; Negoias, Simona; Friedrich, Hergen Martin; Landis, Basile Nicolas; Caversaccio, Marco and Bornstein, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1432-6981

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Weder

Date Deposited:

23 Mar 2017 14:57

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2019 14:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00784-016-1860-x

PubMed ID:

27270904

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Oral lichen planus; Pain; Taste; Tongue; Treatment

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.95655

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/95655

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