Surgical management of velopharyngeal dysfunction

Dhave Setabutr, Craig W Senders

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Velopharyngeal insufficiency can be a postoperative sequela or congenital. Velopharyngeal insufficiency is defined as a degree of nasality that interferes with resonance quality and comprehensibility. The diagnosis and preoperative evaluation is contingent on collaborative evaluation between the surgeon and speech-language pathologist. A thorough history and a complete head and neck examination including a videotaped nasopharyngoscopy optimize planning. Although each patient varies greatly in their presentation, we provide a review of the most commonly implemented procedures to improve velopharyngeal insufficiency and the best way to recognize which will likely improve a patient's condition based on preoperative evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Cleft palate
  • Speech
  • Velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery


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