ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 781.1

Smell & taste disturb

Diagnosis Code 781.1

ICD-9: 781.1
Short Description: Smell & taste disturb
Long Description: Disturbances of sensation of smell and taste
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 781.1

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions
    • Symptoms (780-789)
      • 781 Symptoms involving nervous and musculoskeletal systems

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Abnormal taste in mouth
  • Abnormal unpleasant perception of strong scent
  • Agnosia for smell
  • Anterior tongue taste disorder
  • Complaining of anosmia
  • Complaining of loss of taste sense
  • Congenital anosmia
  • Disorder of olfactory system
  • Disorder of smell
  • Disorder of taste
  • Franklinic taste
  • Garlic taste
  • Glossopharyngeal taste disorder
  • Heightened olfactory perception
  • Heightened perception of taste
  • Hemiageusia
  • Hypogeusia
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of taste anterior two thirds of tongue
  • Loss of taste posterior one third of tongue
  • Metallic taste
  • Mucosal anosmia
  • Neurologic unpleasant taste
  • On examination - anosmia
  • On examination - loss of touch sensation
  • On examination - smell abnormal
  • On examination - taste loss anterior 2/3 tongue
  • On examination - taste loss posterior 1/3 tongue
  • Phantom taste
  • Primary acid taste disorder
  • Primary bitter taste disorder
  • Primary salt taste disorder
  • Primary sweet taste disorder
  • Primary taste disorder
  • Problem of sense of smell
  • Pseudogeusesthesia
  • Radiation induced taste impairment
  • Secondary acid taste disorder
  • Secondary bitter taste disorder
  • Secondary salt taste disorder
  • Secondary sweet taste disorder
  • Secondary taste disorder
  • Sense of smell altered
  • Sense of smell impaired
  • Sensitive to smells
  • Sensitivity to individual odor
  • Sensory disorder of smell and/or taste
  • Taste of food lingers
  • Taste sense altered
  • Taste-blindness
  • Things smell different
  • Unusual smell in nose

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Taste and Smell Disorders

Our senses of taste and smell give us great pleasure. Taste helps us enjoy food and beverages. Smell lets us enjoy the scents and fragrances like roses or coffee. Taste and smell also protect us, letting us know when food has gone bad or when there is a gas leak. They make us want to eat, ensuring we get the nutrition we need.

People with taste disorders may taste things that aren't there, may not be able to tell the difference in tastes, or can't taste at all. People with smell disorders may lose their sense of smell, or things may smell different. A smell they once enjoyed may now smell bad to them.

Many illnesses and injuries can cause taste and smell disorders, including colds and head injuries. Some drugs can also affect taste and smell. Most people lose some ability to taste and smell as they get older. Treatment varies, depending on the problem and its cause.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Smell - impaired
  • Taste - impaired

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