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Differential diagnosiszinc deficiency

Hypogeusia is a reduced ability to taste things (to taste sweet, sour, bitter, or salty substances). The complete lack of taste is referred to as ageusia. Causes of hypogeusia include the chemotherapy drug bleomycin,[1] an antitumor antibiotic, as well as zinc deficiency.[2][3][4][5]


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