Using magnetic resonance imaging for early assessment of submucous cleft palate: A case report

Jamie L. Perry, David P. Kuehn, Jayne M. Wachtel, Jonathan S. Bailey, Laura L. Luginbuhl

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Abstract

Surgical correction for submucous cleft palate is generally indicated in the presence of velopharyngeal inadequacy. Clinical assessment of velopharyngeal inadequacy requires that the child is able to produce a connected speech sample, which can yield a delay in treatment decisions that extends through a critical period of speech and language development. A perceptual speech assessment and intraoral examination are traditionally the most important methods of establishing a diagnosis of submucous cleft palate. The purpose of this case report is to demonstrate the use of magnetic resonance imaging as a diagnostic tool to provide early identification and an indication of surgical treatment for an individual born with a submucous cleft palate. The magnetic resonance images indicated a discontinuous levator veli palatini muscle sling arrangement with attachment of the muscle bundles onto the hard palate. Surgery was performed at 16 months and postsurgical speech evaluations demonstrated normal resonance and age-appropriate speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e35-e41
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Early diagnosis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Submucous cleft palate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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