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  • n. A medical condition in which olfactory hallucinations. A form of parosmia in which the perceived smell is caused apparently randomly rather than by a different smell.

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Examples

  • When the temporal lobe seizes, as it might during an epileptic incident, the onset is frequently marked by phantom smells, a condition called phantosmia (not to be confused with parosmia in which a present smell is distorted).

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  • Many people are sensitive to certain smells, but in an olfactory hallucination (phantosmia), you detect smells that aren't really present in your environment.

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  • Passages describing phantosmia and anosmia were written back when I was in the thick of them.

    Bonnie Blodgett: Anosmia: the Quiet Killer

  • However, occasionally patients may also present with parosmia (a distortion of the sense of smell), phantosmia (smelling things that aren't there), or permanent damage of the olfactory system.

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  • The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be foul or pleasant.

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  • What causes olfactory hallucinations (phantosmia)?

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  • Note that phantosmia is different from another disorder of sense of smell, known as parosmia, in which a smell is present in your environment but is distorted.

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  • Because phantosmia can be an indication of a serious illness, consult your doctor if you experience such symptoms.

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  • Phantosmia is an olfactory hallucination--specifically, the phenomenon of smelling odors that aren't really present. The most common odors are unpleasant smells such as rotting flesh, vomit, urine, feces, smoke, etc.

    January 17, 2009

  • I sometimes have this kind of olfactory hallucination, while thinking of a specific odor, perfume, whatever. It also happens with sounds - sometimes it's hard to realize I actually didn't smell/hear it for real.

    June 7, 2008

  • The phenomenon of smelling odors that aren't really present. The most common odors are unpleasant smells such as rotting flesh, vomit, feces, smoke, etc. Phantosmia often results from damage to the nervous tissue in the olfactory system. (Wikipedia)

    June 7, 2008