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March 31, 1923

CONGENITAL PERFORATE SOFT PALATE AND DOUBLE UVULA, WITH REPAIR OF PERFORATION

JAMA. 1923;80(13):914. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26430400002012a

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Abstract

This case shows two anomalies: a defect in the soft palate and two distinct uvulas. Both were corrected at one operation. The tissue for the graft was generously provided by Nature.

REPORT OF CASE  A white man, aged 26, a private in the Air Service, whose family and previous personal history was negative, had a perforation of the soft palate at birth. In 1920 an unsuccessful attempt was made to close it. On admission to the hospital he had a central perforation of the soft palate, 1 cm. long by 0.5 cm. wide. He also had two normal sized uvulas, symmetrically placed, lateral to the median line of the curtain of the soft palate. His speech was somewhat blowing in character, and he regurgitated fluids. As he expressed it, he "drank water like a chicken," by getting a mouthful and raising his head in the air and then swallowing. He

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