Airway Management/Complications During Superior Pharyngeal Flap Surgery

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Patients with cleft lip and palate are predisposed to developing velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). VPI is defined by the incomplete closure of the velopharyngeal sphincter, resulting in the inability to separate the naso-and oropharynx during speech. Pharyngeal flap surgery is commonly performed to correct airflow for speech purposes in this subset of patients. Potential variants in anatomical and clinical presentation are important to acknowledge when devising a successful anesthetic approach during surgery. The objective of this project is to review considerations for airway management and potential sequelae of complications that may arise following pharyngeal flap surgery in this patient population.


American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA