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Terbinafine-Associated Taste Disturbance with Normal Taste Threshold Scores

Harvey Lemont Director, Laboratory of Podiatric Pathology, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Eighth at Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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Marc Sabo Submitted during second-year residency, Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

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The medical literature reveals numerous reports of transient taste disturbance associated with the use of oral terbinafine. A review of these reports, however, fails to confirm taste disturbances by formal taste testing. In this article, a case of long-standing taste dysfunction in a patient who exhibited normal formal taste thresholds is described. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 91(10): 540-541, 2001)