Assessment of velopharyngeal competency following teflon pharyngoplasty

D. P. Kuehn, D. R. Van Demark

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The purpose of this study was to provide additional information concerning postoperative results of 69 subjects who had undergone a Teflon pharyngoplasty. Pre-and postoperative speech and x-ray data were analyzed. A continuous change in velopharyngeal competency for speech was observed which resulted in a significant improvement three months or later postoperatively when compared to the preoperative diagnosis for the entire subject sample. Improvement in velopharyngeal closure also was found on the basis of lateral x-ray but the results were not as consistent as those involving speech ratings. Indications for differential diagnosis for subjects are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalCleft Palate Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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