Linda E Eblen

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BACKGROUND The objectives of the study were to describe speech outcomes in a large series of patients undergoing Furlow palatoplasty for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency and to test whether preoperative velopharyngeal gap size and other patient characteristics significantly affect those outcomes. METHODS Data collected included age at the time(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate speech outcomes and complications of sphincter pharyngoplasty and pharyngeal flap performed for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). DESIGN Case series. SETTING Tertiary care children's hospital. PATIENTS All patients who underwent pharyngeal flap or sphincter pharyngoplasty from 1990 to 1995. METHODS Perceptual(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the speech outcomes and complications in children who had undergone sphincter pharyngoplasty (SP) for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). STUDY DESIGN Retrospective chart review. METHODS Charts from patients who had sphincter pharyngoplasty between January 1993 and June 1996 were reviewed. Syndrome diagnosis and(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To compare nasendoscopy (NE) and multiview fluoroscopy (MVF) in assessing velopharyngeal gap size; and 2) to determine the relationship between these assessments and velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) severity. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Retrospective review of consecutive patients with VPI at a tertiary care children's hospital, assessed with(More)
A retrospective study was undertaken to assess speech outcomes in patients undergoing Furlow palatoplasty. Since 1994, the authors have used the position of the levator veli palatini musculature to determine type of surgical intervention recommended for the management of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Furlow palatoplasty has been used in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE Test the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) Effects on Life Outcomes (VELO) instrument for validity, reliability, and responsiveness. STUDY DESIGN Observational cohort. SETTING Academic tertiary medical center. SUBJECTS Children with VPI (n = 59) and their parents (n = 84) were prospectively enrolled from a pediatric VPI clinic. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES (1) To define the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) of the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) Effects on Life Outcomes (VELO) instrument, and (2) to test for the change in quality of life (QOL) after VPI surgery. STUDY DESIGN Prospective observational cohort. SETTING VPI clinic at a tertiary pediatric medical center. SUBJECTS(More)
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