Superiorly based pharyngeal flap for the surgical treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency and speech outcomes

Cori Rogers, Petros Konofaos, Robert D. Wallace

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Abstract

A retrospective chart review comparing pre and postoperative speech in 19 patients who underwent pharyngeal flap surgery for the diagnosis of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Eighteen of the patients had a history of cleft palate. Patients were assigned a speech grade between 1 and 5 based on the objective and subjective quality of their speech. Comparison of pre and postoperative speech showed significant improvement in speech quality from a mean grade of 3.37 to 2.00 (P < 0.001). This study demonstrates that a wide, superiorly based pharyngeal flap did lead to significant improvement in speech outcomes in this group of patients independent of gender or age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1749
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cleft palate
  • Pharyngeal flap
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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