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Question 43 - Is a nasal sounding voice common during recovery from an MMA?

From: D. P.

Is a nasal sounding voice common during recovery from an MMA?

I am about 6 weeks post-op and do not have any noticeable swelling or congestion. But, my voice is terribly nasal sounding, more so the louder I speak.

Thank you,


Response Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
Aug 10, 2008

Nasal sounding voice is likely velopharyngeal insufficiency. It means that there is air escape behind the soft palate while speaking. If you had prior UPPP, it is most likely that you have some insufficiency. I suspect that there will be gradual return to normal within a few months as some of the tigthtened tissues soften.

Kasey Li, MD

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