Volume 16, Number 2, June 2004

Longus Capitis Muscle Transposition: a New Concept in Pharyngoplasty

Robert Sader

Department of Reconstructive Surgery, Division of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Kantonsspital Basel - University Hospital, University of Basel, Switzerland

Speech is of particular importance for patients with cleft lip and palate, which can cause the functional speech deficit known as velopharyngeal insufficiency. Despite significant progress in the management of cleft lip and palate and associated deformities, the speech results are not yet completely satisfactory. This paper reviews the history of the management of cleft lip and palate and describes a new surgical procedure for repair regarding a new physiologically based approach.

Key words: Cleft palate, Velopharyngeal insufficiency

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004;16:77-83.
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