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Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD)

Velopharyngeal dysfunction, or VPD, is a condition resulting from inadequate closure of the velopharyngeal port, or the opening between the nose and the mouth, during speech. Children with VPD have speech that is difficult to understand by others, as too much or too little sound comes from the nose. This is a common condition among children...

Venous Malformations

An abnormally-formed collection of veins is called a venous malformation, or slow-flow malformation. The veins in a venous malformation are formed irregularly before birth and become enlarged. Learn more.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

Lurie Children's Heart Center uses VADs to support the hearts of patients from infancy to young adulthood, including patients with end-stage cardiomyopathy and our most complex congenital heart disease populations. Learn more.

Ventricular Septal Defect

An opening between the two lower chambers of the heart.

Vesicoureteral Reflux

A relatively common condition in which urine backs up from the bladder into the kidneys.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Lurie Children's uses vestibular rehab to treat children, adolescents and teenagers who are recovering from concussions.

Video EEG Services

Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Division provides an advanced approach made possible by a state-of-the-art imaging and monitoring system that records visual images of children as they play.

Visual Screening & Eye Examinations

Vision problems can lead to visual loss, developmental problems and learning disabilities. Monitoring your child's ability to see is important to the health of your growing child.

Voice & Resonance Disorders

Problems of pitch, volume or quality of the voice, distracting to listeners and sometimes painful to the child speaking.

Voice Program

Lurie Children’s Voice Program treats common voice problems such as hoarseness, which may be caused by vocal cord nodules, cysts, or paralysis, intubation or prior surgeries.

Voice Therapy Program

Lurie Children’s Voice Therapy team is a multidisciplinary group specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with voice disorders.


A reflex that often causes the contents of the stomach to come out of the mouth, caused by a variety of problems such as viruses.