A 43-year-old member asked:
is it normal for a cleft palate child not to have the uvula?
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Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Cleft palate: The uvula may be involved if the cleft is in the soft palate or the hard and soft palate. Closure of the cleft palate will not necessarily restore the appearance of a uvula, however, this is not medically necessary for future speech.
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Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
It is common: All children with cleft palate have a uvula that is split into two halves. It is usually put together during surgery but may not be visible on regular exam.
5.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 27, 2013
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