Speech status following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

M. B. Salas-Provance, D. P. Kuehn

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the adequacy of speech following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery. Twenty UPPP subjects, all of whom exhibited obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and 15 non-UPPP control subjects participated in the study. Evaluation included measures of nasal airflow, speech recordings with listener judgments, and a questionnaire survey. Nasal resonance in the UPPP subjects was found not to be deviant by a panel of four experienced judges. The UPPP subjects were differentiated from their non-UPPP pairs on the basis of significant phonation (voice) problems, and to a lesser extent, their articulation problems. It is suggested that dryness problems that remained in many subjects postoperatively may be related to the observed voice problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalChest
Volume97
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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