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Velopharyngeal Insufficiency

Failure of the SOFT PALATE to reach the posterior pharyngeal wall to close the opening between the oral and nasal cavities. Incomplete velopharyngeal closure is primarily related to surgeries (ADENOIDECTOMY; CLEFT PALATE) or an incompetent PALATOPHARYNGEAL SPHINCTER. It is characterized by hypernasal speech.

Year introduced: 1978

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Tree Number(s): C07.465.525.955, C07.550.966, C07.650.525.955, C09.775.955, C16.131.850.525.955

MeSH Unique ID: D014681

Entry Terms:

  • Insufficiency, Velopharyngeal
  • Inadequate Velopharyngeal Closure
  • Velopharyngeal Closures, Inadequate
  • Palatopharyngeal Incompetence
  • Incompetence, Palatopharyngeal
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence
  • Incompetence, Velopharyngeal

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