Sensory disturbances are commonly encountered in various diseases. The origin of such disturbances may be peripheral due to organ damage, such as hearing loss in patients with mitochondrial disease. Alternatively, sensory disturbances may originate from a central cause, such as the olfactory changes seen in Parkinson's disease. From experience gained during the COVID -19 pandemic, the scientific community is aware that neuroinflammation can result in a range of sensory changes including those of peripheral origin in olfactory, balance, or hearing deficits. However, a central involvement for these changes requires further consideration. Depending on the nature of symptoms, patients will potentially be evaluated by a different specialist, for example, hearing loss will be referred to an otolaryngologist while vision problems will be addressed by an ophthalmologist. In addition, dizziness and vertigo may attract the attention of neurologists, otolaryngologists, and other specialists.
This Special Issue is designed to bridge the gaps between clinical specialties, so that sensory disorders can be viewed from different angles. Longitudinal studies, clinical trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses with a solid background of approaching sensory disorders from peripheral to central hypotheses are welcomed. Basic studies investigating the origin of these disorders, as well as studies focused on the treatment of the sensory changes are also enthusiastically invited.
Prof. Dr. Arianna Di Stadio
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