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soft palate

the posterior fleshy portion of the roof of the mouth. It forms a movable muscular flap that seals off the nasopharynx during swallowing and speech

soft palate

[′sȯft ′pal·ət]
(anatomy)
The posterior part of the palate which consists of an aggregation of muscles, the tensor veli palatini, levator veli palatini, azygos uvulae, palatoglossus, and palatopharyngeus, and their covering mucous membrane.
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Surgery may also be considered as a last resort in addition to soft palate implants that make part of the roof of the mouth stiffer and less likely to vibrate.
Initially, it was determined whether the foveae palatinae were present or not in the soft palate mucosa.
The anesthetized cat's soft palate is pulled forward so that the veterinarian can clearly see the polyp at the back of the throat and use forceps to move the mass.
Though the singly highest incidence of pleomorphic adenoma of minor salivary glands was noted in soft palate (Figure-1) in our study (12 cases out of 34), most cases (21 cases out of 34) were in sites other than aerodigestive tract.
Surgical repair of soft palate was done by overlapping flap repair.
The soft palate plays a considerable part in these movements, and the sonorous column may pass through the nasal cavities or through the mouth, according to how it is lowered or raised.
Pepin et al found that "hooked" shape of soft palate was in awake patients was associated with increased risk for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome in which there is intermittent inspiratory closure of pharyngeal airway resulting in hypoxemia and sleep deprivation episodes.
During swallowing, the nasopharynx is sealed off by the soft palate pressing against the back of the throat, thereby preventing food from entering into the windpipe.
This area is the collapsible part of the airway where your tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula.
There are surgeries available but there are also silicon devises that can be worn at night to minimise the vibration of the soft palate.
A(Answer): Two conditions I would want to rule out are paralysis of the larynx and elongated soft palate.
Currently, Ministry implements "Caring Hands", "Prevention of child abandonment" programs, as well as cooperates with "AWD-care for children" Foundation from Germany and Switzerland to establish a clinic for the integrated treatment of children with cleft lip, hard and soft palate.