Outcomes for children with submucous cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency

Murad Husein, Eugene Chang, Benjamin Cable, Michael Karnell, Lucy Hynds Karnell, John W. Canady

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Objective: To review the outcomes of children with submucous cleft palate who also have velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). Methods: A retrospective chart review was carried out at a tertiary care academic centre of all patients who had VPI with a submucous cleft palate. The University of Iowa Cleft Palate registry parameters encompassing nasality (hyper- and hyponasality) were compared pre- and postoperatively. Results: Preliminary results demonstrate a significant, stable improvement in children who underwent palatal surgery for VPI. Conclusion: Positive outcomes in the treatment of VPI in the submucous cleft palate population were demonstrated with a combined approach of speech therapy and palatal surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-226
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Otolaryngology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Furlow double opposing Z-plasty
  • Pharyngeal flap
  • Submucous cleft palate velopharyngeal insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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