Velopharyngeal insufficiency or VPI is a medical condition in which the soft palate does not close tightly against the back of the throat (pharynx) while talking. The soft palate forms the roof of the back of the mouth. In this condition, the soft palate and the throat are unable to juxtapose, and the speech sounds with a nasal tone (hypernasality). Read more: How Is Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Treated? Article
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What is a concussion? Learn causes, symptoms, and treatments of this very common traumatic brain injury by taking this quick quiz.
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