The purpose of this study is to report our experience using the Furlow Z-palatoplasty for primary correction of VPI in the submucous cleft population.
A retrospective chart review was conducted for those patients diagnosed with submucous cleft that were seen by the Children's Hospital of New Orleans Craniofacial and Cleft Team between 2000 and 2007.
A total of 24 patients with the diagnosis of submucous cleft palate were treated by our team during the period of time included in this study (Figure 1).
Seven of the 24 patients with submucous cleft did not require surgical correction of any kind, as their condition improved with speech therapy alone.
Among the 13 non-syndromic, submucous cleft palate patients, seven had sufficient VPI to require a primary Furlow Z-palatoplasty (Figure 3).
Eustachian tube dysfunction and treatment were also analyzed in our submucous cleft population.
However, submucous cleft palate is a relatively rare variant of palatal cleft.