Lupus patients may suffer loss of smell

May 8, 2009 9:35:00 AM PDT
People with lupus may be more likely to have a diminished sense of smell. The findings of a new study may be significant because a loss of smell could be a symptom that would help doctors make an earlier diagnosis of lupus and other diseases.

Olfactory dysfunction is known to exist in various central nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's... and multiple sclerosis.

The study by researchers in Israel is published in the May issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism.