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Losing sense of smell after removing meningoima, phantom smells. Normal MRI. Part of healing process?

Hi I had a meningioma removed from my brain that was pushing up against my optic nerve 2 years ago. I have had two MRI's since my surgery, and everything looks great. The problem is right after my surgery I was recovering just fine and some time possibly 4-6 weeks after surgery I must have lost my sense of smell. I could definitely smell after surgery! I can taste,but can't smell. I sometimes have phantom smells. Do you think this may be part of the slow healing process? Should I try acupuncture?
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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I have gone through history provided by you. Good, surgery for meningioma was successful. Change in smell or its loss is due to damage to olfactory nerve which lies in vicinity. This could be prior to surgery or can be during surgical process. It is inevitable consequence of surgery. You should learn to live with this minor deficit. There is no specific treatment. Trial of acupuncture can be taken and hope fpor good results


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