Velopharyngeal insufficiency: an update on diagnostic and surgical techniques

  title={Velopharyngeal insufficiency: an update on diagnostic and surgical techniques},
  author={J. Hill},
  journal={Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery},
  • J. Hill
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency is defined as an inability to close the velopharyngeal sphincter resulting in inadequate separation of the oral cavity from the nasal cavity during speech. It is associated with a number of congenital and acquired abnormalities. A multidisciplinary approach that includes a surgeon and speech therapist is desirable. Evaluation of patients for velopharyngeal insufficiency requires a thorough history and examination by the physician. Surgical intervention is frequently… CONTINUE READING
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