The human olfactory mucosa

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Studies of the tissues of the human olfactory mucosa have been performed to investigate olfactory dysfunction and, more recently, olfactory mucosa has attracted a novel interest of investigators because it can be used as an early marker of neurodegenerative conditions of the brain and as a source of multipotent neural stem cells, with applications in regenerative medicine. The olfactory mucosa is readily available to the otolaryngologist, but the harvesting of this tissue must be safe, effective, and reliable, obtaining as little tissue as necessary, while avoiding unnecessary harm to the remaining olfactory tissue and function. The purpose of this review is to summarize the results of the most important studies and knowledge with regard to the human olfactory mucosa and its applications, emphasizing the issue of the distribution of the olfactory mucosa in the nasal cavities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1675-1680
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean archives of otorhinolaryngology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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