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October 1986

Subglossopalatal Membrane

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(10):1101-1103. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780100089015

• A newborn who experienced respiratory distress just after birth had an oral web that extended from the floor of the mouth anterior to the tongue up to the hard palate. The membrane was slit in the midline to facilitate air exchange. The patient did well without intubation, and the web was resected. To our knowledge, this is the second case of subglossopalatal membrane to be reported. Embryologic and anatomic considerations, along with a review of the literature, are presented.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:1101-1103)