Multiple chemical sensitivity, en veldefineret lidelse?

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Some people react to smells or chemicals at levels far below toxicological thresholds with nonspecific symptoms, fear and social isolation. They may be diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity. There is no empirical evidence indicating that this condition is explained by toxicological mechanisms, even though a number of theories have been proposed. The authors of this review conclude that this is a functional condition. These patients need information and treatment in accordance with this fact. Instead of being advised how to avoid exposure to chemicals, they should be properly trained in appropriate confrontation with the chemicals encountered in everyday life.


  • Henrik A Kolstad
  • Martin Silberschmidt
  • Jesper Bo Nielsen
  • Kai Österberg
  • Johan Hviid Andersen
  • Jens Peter E Bonde
  • Per Fink
External organisations
  • Aarhus University Hospital
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • Humans, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Odors, Psychophysiologic Disorders, Smell
Translated title of the contributionMultiple chemical sensitivity, a well-defined illness?
Original languageDanish
Pages (from-to)1116-9
Number of pages4
JournalUgeskrift for Læger
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 13
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes