Upper Cervical Spine Anomalies and Osseous Nasopharyngeal Depth The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effect of anomalies of the upper cervical vertebrae on the antero-posterior diameter of the nasopharyngeal port. The osseous nasopharyngeal depth was determined from lateral roentgencephalograms for 38 congenital palatopharyngeal incompetent (CPI) patients with anomalies of the upper cervical vertebrae, 38 CPI ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1971
Upper Cervical Spine Anomalies and Osseous Nasopharyngeal Depth
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • George S. Osborne
    Grant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • Samuel Pruzansky
    University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Herbert Koepp-Baker
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1971
Upper Cervical Spine Anomalies and Osseous Nasopharyngeal Depth
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1971, Vol. 14, 14-22. doi:10.1044/jshr.1401.14
History: Received September 17, 1969
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1971, Vol. 14, 14-22. doi:10.1044/jshr.1401.14
History: Received September 17, 1969

The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effect of anomalies of the upper cervical vertebrae on the antero-posterior diameter of the nasopharyngeal port. The osseous nasopharyngeal depth was determined from lateral roentgencephalograms for 38 congenital palatopharyngeal incompetent (CPI) patients with anomalies of the upper cervical vertebrae, 38 CPI patients without cervical anomalies, and 76 matched control subjects. Comparison of these measures between groups revealed a significantly greater osseous nasopharyngeal depth in those CPI patients with cervical anomalies. No significant difference existed between the CPI patients without cervical anomalies and their matched controls or between the two matched control groups.

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