Velopharyngeal dystonia: An unusual focal task-specific dystonia?

Amar S. Patel, Lucian Sulica, Steven J. Frucht

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Background: Velopharyngeal dysfunction produces a nasal speech pattern because of the inability to close the nasal airway during speech, most often associated with anatomical abnormalities of the palate. Case Report: We describe two cases of possible velopharyngeal dystonia, a task-specific movement disorder causing a speech pattern similar to velopharyngeal dysfunction. Both patients experienced treatment response with anticholinergic medication. Discussion: Dystonia affecting speech via involvement of the pharyngeal musculature may be an unrecognized etiology of voice disorders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
StatePublished - 2017


  • Functional voice disorder
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Velopharyngeal dystonia


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