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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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This is most commonly achieved by surgically widening the nares and shortening the soft palate.
Impalement injuries of the soft palate and oropharynx occur very rarely in adults.
In Group 1, no change was observed in the anteroposterior diameter of the air column, column of airspace, and thickness of the uvula and the soft palate. In the Vitamin D treatment groups, the average anteroposterior diameter of the air column was increased by 1.31 mm in Group 2 and 1.29 mm in Group 3.
The general prognosis for ABH is good; however, large lesions and on the soft palate and oropharynx may cause a feeling of suffocation due to a compromise of the upper airway, which leads the patient to seek urgent attention and even compromises his or her life.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a large tumour which originated from the soft palate and extended to the larynx, measuring 9.96 cm in craniocaudal dimensions (Figure 1).
Other common sites in descending order are the soft palate, gingiva, buccal mucosa, labial mucosa, and hard palate.
Foveae palatinae, commonly written as fovea palatine or palatine fovea, are two small pits or depressions in the posterior aspect of the palatal mucosa, one on each side of the midline, at or near the attachment of the soft palate to the hard palate.1 They are at border of the maxillary complete dentures.2 They are located in close proximity to the vibrating line and are always 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.
Here, we are presenting the cases of pleomorphic adenomas of minor salivary glands where highest number of cases is seen in soft palate (12 cases out of 34) but majority of cases are from sites other than aerodigestive tract (21 cases out of total 34).
The cases of soft palate injury were reported in two years from January' 2011-December' 2012.
Cephalometric evaluation revealed retrognathic maxilla and mandible, long soft palate, severely reduced pharyngeal airway space between the uvula and posterior pharyngeal wall (PAS-UP) and also between the tongue and posterior pharyngeal wall (PAS-TP), and decreased posterior airway space (PAS).
The oropharynx is bounded by the soft palate and uvula superiorly, tongue inferiorly, dentition and buccal mucosa anterolaterally, palatine tonsils and tonsillar pillars posterolaterally, and the posterior pharyngeal wall.