Comparing the Unaided Visual Exam to Lateral Cinefluorography in Estimating Several Parameters of Velopharyngeal Function Retrospectively, the medical records of patients with known velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) were reviewed for comments based on an unaided visual examination regarding their velopharyngeal function. These comments were compared to objective findings obtained from the cinefluorographic evaluations performed on each of the patients. A total of 68 recorded comments (47 ... Reports
Reports  |   May 01, 1984
Comparing the Unaided Visual Exam to Lateral Cinefluorography in Estimating Several Parameters of Velopharyngeal Function
 
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Reports   |   May 01, 1984
Comparing the Unaided Visual Exam to Lateral Cinefluorography in Estimating Several Parameters of Velopharyngeal Function
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1984, Vol. 49, 136-139. doi:10.1044/jshd.4902.136
History: Received June 10, 1982 , Accepted January 9, 1984
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1984, Vol. 49, 136-139. doi:10.1044/jshd.4902.136
History: Received June 10, 1982; Accepted January 9, 1984

Retrospectively, the medical records of patients with known velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) were reviewed for comments based on an unaided visual examination regarding their velopharyngeal function. These comments were compared to objective findings obtained from the cinefluorographic evaluations performed on each of the patients. A total of 68 recorded comments (47 patients) were identified and fell into four broad categories: (1) velar length, (2) depth of the nasopharynx, (3) velopharyngeal closure, and (4) velar mobility. The results revealed an agreement level of 60% between judgments made from visual examinations and cinefluorographic evaluations. This relatively poor agreement suggests that management decisions concerning VPI must include some method of objectively assessing velopharyngeal form and function during connected speech.

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