Velopharyngeal Anatomy and Physiology A thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the structures involved in speech production is the foundation for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of communication disorders. This is particularly important when dealing with cases of velopharyngeal dysfunction, such as that seen occasionally in individuals with repaired cleft palate. The ... Article
Article  |   March 12, 2018
Velopharyngeal Anatomy and Physiology
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Katelyn J. Kotlarek
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Jamie L. Perry
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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  • Financial: Katelyn J. Kotlarek has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Jamie L. Perry has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Katelyn J. Kotlarek has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Jamie L. Perry has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   March 12, 2018
Velopharyngeal Anatomy and Physiology
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG5.13
History: Received September 20, 2017 , Revised December 2, 2017 , Accepted January 1, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG5.13
History: Received September 20, 2017; Revised December 2, 2017; Accepted January 1, 2018

A thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the structures involved in speech production is the foundation for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of communication disorders. This is particularly important when dealing with cases of velopharyngeal dysfunction, such as that seen occasionally in individuals with repaired cleft palate. The purpose of this article is to provide a review of normal anatomy and physiology of the velopharynx. A brief application to velopharyngeal dysfunction and anatomical differences common to those with cleft palate will be provided.

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