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Question 1: What makes The Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington, D.C. different from other programs that deal with taste and smell problems?
  
Answer 1:
There are several points that differentiate The Clinic from others
(a) It was the first and most comprehensive clinical program established to evaluate and treat taste and smell dysfunction in the U.S.
(b) It is the only clinical facility which utilizes molecular biological principles to establish a diagnosis of your symptoms.
(c) It is the only clinical facility utilizing biochemically based diagnostic principles which lead to specific treatment for most clinical problems of taste and smell dysfunction.
(d) It is the only clinical facility which has led the way to discovery of mechanisms of taste and smell dysfunction which are published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
(e) It is the only clinical facility which has an established track record of evaluating and treating most patients with taste and smell dysfunction who have major problems affecting taste and smell.

Question 2: How does evaluation and treatment at The Clinic differ from that which I could obtain from my local physician, from an ENT physician or from a neurologist?

Answer 2:
You may have already been seen by your local physician, an ENT physician or by a neurologist. It is common after an initial evaluation that they do not know what to do about your complaints, they may even tell you nothing can be done about your symptoms and that you will have learn to live with your symptoms. Most physicians whom you visit regardless of specialty, have not had the benefit of learning about taste and smell dysfunction and are trying to help you in the best manner that they can. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge limits their ability to help you. Evaluation and treatment related to symptoms of taste and smell dysfunction are complex. They involve extensive testing which, at present, is available only at the Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington, DC in order to establish a specific diagnosis and then employ appropriate treatment for your symptoms. It is only after a specific evaluation can specific treatment be employed. At present, these are available only at The Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington, DC This reflects a major reason why it is useful for you to come to The Clinic in Washington, DC to receive an adequate evaluation and treatment.

Question 3: Why do I have to come to Washington, DC for treatment? Why can't I see a physician in my local area and have him consult with Dr. Henkin about my condition?
 
Answer 3: Taste and smell dysfunction are symptoms which have a variety of causes. Most physicians do not understand these causes. Even if they did they do not have access to those tests necessary to diagnose your symptoms and relate them to treatment. These tests are available presently, only at the Clinic and in order to evaluate you, you must come to Washington, DC so that a personal, specific diagnosis and treatment protocol can be made for you.

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