Tailored Posterior Pharyngeal Fat Grafting Outcomes in Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Managed According to a Simplified Algorithm

This study aimed to evaluate the outcomes of posterior pharyngeal fat grafting for the management of velopharyngeal insufficiency using a simplified therapeutic algorithm and a tailored surgical technique. Methods This was a prospective study of consecutive nonsyndromic patients with repaired cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency who were stratified according to a simplified algorithm (minimally scarred palate, transverse orientation of levator veli palatini, and pinhole-to-small velopharyngeal gaps) and who underwent tailored posterior pharyngeal fat grafting. The patients were screened for obstructive sleep apnea before and after surgery. Three blinded evaluators randomly rated perceptual speech (hypernasality, audible nasal emission, and intraoral pressure) and nasoendoscopic (velopharyngeal active gap size) characteristics using audio and video recordings. Successful speech outcome was defined as normal or borderline sufficient velopharyngeal function at 15 months after surgery. Results All included patients (n = 96) presented with a preoperative and postoperative low risk of obstructive sleep apnea. At 15 months after surgery, hypernasality (0.26 ± 0.53), audible nasal emissions (0.29 ± 0.48), intraoral pressure (0.1 ± 0.31), and velopharyngeal closure size (1.86 ± 0.34) were significantly decreased (all, P
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Head and Neck Surgery Source Type: research

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Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
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Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research
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Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research
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Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep and control of breathing Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: Clinical Studies Source Type: research
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Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research
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