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Acoustic airway profiles in unilateral cleft palate patients.

Authors
  • Kunkel, M1
  • Wahlmann, U
  • Wagner, W
  • 1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Mainz, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1999
Volume
36
Issue
5
Pages
434–440
Identifiers
PMID: 10499405
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Despite a wide range of interindividual variability, we recognized a characteristic "descending W"" airway pattern in cleft palate patients. Acoustic rhinometry seems to be a powerful tool for acquiring topographic information about the individual airway profile. It has proven helpful in visualizing the location and amount of pathologic obstructions, rendering it especially useful for preoperative investigation and quality control in corrective cleft nose surgery.

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