Olfactory hallucinations as a manifestation of hidden rhinosinusitis

Roberto DiFabio, Carlo Casali, Elisabetta Giugni, Francesco Pierelli

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The exact anatomical origin of olfactory epileptic seizures is controversial. Partial seizures can be an uncommon manifestation of brain tumours involving the medial temporal lobe and the orbitofrontal structures or as a marker of mesial temporal sclerosis. We present a patient suffering from olfactory hallucinations associated with inflammatory tissue in the anterior ethmoidal cells, in the right fronto-ethmoidal recess and in the maxillary sinus. Our report supports the opinion that the involvement of the olfactory bulb is crucial for developing so-called uncinate fits and is independent of other causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1355
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Amygdala
  • Olfactory hallucination
  • Orbito-frontal
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Uncinate fit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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