James Chang, MD

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  • A single surgeon's experience with the Delaire palatoplasty Schendel, S. A., Lorenz, H. P., Dagenais, D., Hopkins, E., Chang, J. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 1999: 1993-1997


    The purpose of this review was to evaluate the clinical outcomes regarding velopharyngeal insufficiency and fistulization in patients with cleft palate who underwent primary repair with the one-stage Delaire palatoplasty. All patients who had a primary Delaire-type palatoplasty performed by the senior surgeon over a 10-year period (1988 to 1998) were studied. During this period, each consecutive patient with an open palatal cleft underwent the same type of repair by the same surgeon. Speech quality and velopharyngeal competence as determined by a single speech pathologist were recorded. A total of 95 patients were included in this series. The average length of follow-up was 31 months (range, 1 to 118 months). Average age at time of surgery was 13.3 months (range, 6 to 180 months). Thirty-one patients (32.6 percent) had significant associated anomalies. The average length of hospital stay was 1.9 days (range, 1 to 8 days) with a trend in recent years toward discharge on postoperative day 1. There were no intraoperative complications, either surgical or anesthetic. Three patients (3.2 percent) developed palatal fistula; none of them required repair. Six patients (6.3 percent) had velopharyngeal incompetence. In patients with more than 1 year of follow-up, the incidence of velopharyngeal incompetence was 9.2 percent (6 of 65). The incidence of fistula after the Delaire palatoplasty was lower than usually reported. The incidence of velopharyngeal incompetence requiring pharyngoplasty was equal to or lower than that seen after other types of palatoplasty, suggesting superior soft-palate muscle function attributable to approximation of the musculus uvulae. The Delaire palatoplasty results in a functional palate with low risk for fistula formation and velopharyngeal incompetence.

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