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Velopharyngeal Incompetence Manifested Initially in Playing a Musical Instrument

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Shanks, J.
Journal Title: Journal of Voice
Date Published: 1990
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: throat musician performance voice instrument French horn
Full Citation: Shanks, J. C. Velopharyngeal Incompetence Manifested Initially in Playing a Musical Instrument. Journal of Voice 4, no. 2 (1990): 169-71.
Full Abstract: A twelve-year-old boy had played the French horn successfully for more than 16 months. With no warning or precipitation event, he began to lose oral air pressure after about one-half hour of playing. A year later, an assessment was made of the velopharyngeal (soft palate) dysfunction. Videotape, fluorography, electromyography, oral manometry, and neurologic and speech evaluation techniques were employed. A pharyngeal flap procedure was performed a year and a half later. No symptom related to voice quality or playing the French horn has reemerged in the past six years.