The Age Factor and Reduction of Open Nasality Following Superiorly Based Velo-Pharyngeal Flap Operation in 124 Cases
AbstractThe improved speech results with special emphasis on the reduction of open nasality has been studied in 124 patients following superiorly based velo-pharyngeal flap operation used as a secondary procedure. This was judged by a listening test and graded on a four-point scale. We conclude from these studies that the best results regarding reduction of open nasality are obtained when the operation is performed around the age of 5 to 6 years. In this study, operative complications were also less frequent in the younger age group than in older patients.