Alterations in taste, smell common after gastric bypass

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Alterations in taste, smell common after gastric bypass
Alterations in taste and smell, including aversions to many foods, are common following gastric bypass surgery, according to a report published online in Obesity Surgery.

Most of the literature regarding gastric bypass

outcomes has focused on the safety and efficacy of the procedures, while patient-reported measures such as changes in taste and smell have received comparatively little attention. The few studies that have examined this issue report high rates of alterations in taste, smell, and food preferences, affecting anywhere from 45% to 82% of patients; these changes were transient in most patients but persisted long term in approximately one-third of those affected, said Dr. Lisa Graham of the department of surgery at Leicester (England) Royal Infirmary and her associates.

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