The orticochea pharyngoplasty and primary palatoplasty: an evaluation.
A primary Orticochea pharyngoplasty with a primary palatoplasty was studied in 15 children with cleft palates. Although all children demonstrated velopharyngeal competence, radiographic, endoscopic, and oral examinations suggested that 54% of the children studied would not have needed a pharyngoplasty. In addition, 27% of the children demonstrated aberrant speech patterns associated with velopharyngeal incompetence. Emphasis is placed on the difficulty in identifying which cleft palate patients will have residual velopharyngeal incompetence and the need for continued study and development of techniques for more accurate prediction of which patients would benefit from a primary pharyngoplasty.
Riski, JE; Georgiade, NG; Serafin, D; Barwick, W; Georgiade, GS; Riefkohl, R
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