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   Abnormal Taste
 
Definition:
A decreased or lack of appetite despite basic caloric needs.
 
Medical terms related to abnormal taste :
Loss of appetite, Decreased appetite, Anorexia, Food Aversion, Poor Appetite
 
Common causes of abnormal taste: 
o Pregnancy (first trimester)
o Bowel Disease or Disease of the Gastrointestinal Tract (such as Gallbladder Disease GERD, Ulcers)
o Dementia
o Depression
o Emotional upset, nervousness, loneliness, boredom, tension, anxiety, bereavement, and depression
o Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
o Peptic Ulcer
o Medications causing anorexia:
Antibiotics, Morphine, Demerol, Digitalis, Amphetamines, Cough and cold preparations, Chemotherapeutic agents
o street drugs
o Acute and chronic infections
o Stroke

Other Causes of abnormal taste:
o Anorexia nervosa
o Hypothyroidism
o HIV
o Cancer
o Addison Disease
o Brain Damage (such as Stroke, Trauma, Dementia)
o Cancer
o Hormone (Endocrine Disorder, such as Addison's Disease

 

Call your doctor if abnormal taste is accompanied by: 
oA weight loss that exceeds 7% of total body weight within a month
 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy
o Liver function tests (LFTs)
o Kidney function tests
o Thyroid function tests (TFTs)
o Abdominal ultrasound
o Upper GI series
o Pregnancy test
o Urine drug screening
o HIV test
   
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