levator veli palatini muscle

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le·va·tor ve·li pa·la·ti·ni mus·cle

(le-vā'tŏr vē'lī pal-ă-tī'nī mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, apex of petrous portion of temporal bone and lower part of cartilaginous auditory (eustachian) tube; insertion, aponeurosis of soft palate; action, raises soft palate; through the expansion of its fleshy belly during contraction, it helps to "push" open the auditory tube; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus (cranial root of accessory nerve).
Synonym(s): musculus levator veli palatini [TA] , elevator muscle of soft palate.
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Magnetic resonance imaging of the levator veli palatini muscle in speakers with repaired cleft palate.
(1) These causes include abnormal eustachian tube positioning, underdeveloped cartilage within the eustachian tube causing increased collapsibility, abnormal skull base morphology causing a reduced sphenopalatine angle, and irregular tensor veli palatini and levator veli palatini muscle position and function.
The four muscles of the soft palate (palatoglossus, palatopharyngeus, tensor veli palatini, and levator veli palatini) aid in swallowing and are critical in opening of the Eustachian tubes; thus, injury to the palatal region can impair these functions.
The dissection around the uvulus, soft palate muscles, maxillary tuberosity, medial pterygoid to elevate levator veli palatini, sectioning of levator aponeurosis, osteotomy of GPA and more importantly elevation of nasal mucosa was not done.
palatal tremoru olan 10 hastadan 5'inde yumusak damakta maksiler cikintinin posteromedialine, tensor veli palatini ve levator veli palatini kaslarinin insersiyon bolgesine unilateral olarak Dysport[R] 5-15 MU uygulamislardir.
The muscles that lift and stretch the soft palate up to meet the upper pharyngeal constrictor are the levator veli palatini and the tensor veli palatini muscles.
The action of the levator veli palatini and the tensor veli palatini muscles can best be felt at the beginning of a yawn.
Oral air pressure and nasal airflow rate on levator veli palatini muscle activity in patients wearing a speech appliance.
The importance of this resides on the provoked neural "abnormal muscular reflex behaviors" influenced by chronic muscular-articular-mucosal deep pain toward all the skeletal muscles innervated by this pathway: tongue, intrinsic and extrinsic larynx, pharynx and palatal, tensor and levator veli palatini, some of the styloid process, facial, stapedius (possible stapedial intratimpanic mioclonus), tensor tympani, digastrics, mylohyoid and all the agonist muscles of mastication.
MRI showed (1) prominence of the left side of the tongue base in the oropharynx, best appreciated on T1-weighted images; (2) asymmetric T2 hyperintensity; (3) mild, diffuse enhancement of the left half of the tongue; and (4) atrophy of the left levator veli palatini and tensor veli palatine muscles.
(1) During swallowing, the lumen of the eustachian tube opens, and the toms tubarius elevates as a result of the combined action of three muscles: the tensor veil palatini, the levator veli palatini, and the superior constrictor.
They originate on the floor near the pharyngeal ostium and expand between the tensor and levator veli palatini muscles.