Journal of Neurology

, Volume 262, Issue 4, pp 806–813 | Cite as

Taste in Parkinson’s disease

  • Maria Paola Cecchini
  • Alfonso Fasano
  • Federico Boschi
  • Francesco Osculati
  • Michele Tinazzi


Parkinson’s disease is now considered a complex systemic disease also characterized by the occurrence of a variety of non-motor symptoms. Among them, a chemosensory impairment defined as a deficient olfactory performance is now acknowledged to be one of the prevalent symptoms since the early stages of the disease. Less clear are the incidence, extent and pathophysiology of taste function. The purpose of the present review is to summarize the state of the art in taste literature. To provide a better understanding of the available results, we will also discuss the different methods for taste evaluation and the other potential confounders to be addressed by future research.


Parkinson’s disease Taste function Taste evaluation tests 



AF received speaker’s fees or honoraria from Abbvie, UCB pharma, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, TEVA; he is in one of the advisory boards for Abbvie and TEVA.

Conflicts of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Paola Cecchini
    • 1
  • Alfonso Fasano
    • 2
    • 3
  • Federico Boschi
    • 4
  • Francesco Osculati
    • 1
    • 5
  • Michele Tinazzi
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, Anatomy and Histology SectionUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic and the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s DiseaseToronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Division of NeurologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  5. 5.IRCCS Centro Neurolesi “Bonino-Pulejo”MessinaItaly
  6. 6.Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, Neurology SectionUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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