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A 36-year-old female asked:

My 21y/o brother has a small hole or perforation in the top of his palate don't know how long his had it or if causing pain but worried of what it be?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harry Myers
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Cleft palate: Hi! it is likely that your brother has a cleft palate. We have all seen babies or pictures of people with cleft lip, this is a developmental defect that is not uncommon. A cleft palate is similar but not as involved as a cleft lip defect. Your brother has likely had this since birth, and can be examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist for a diagnosis. Good luck!
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Perforated palate: You brother could have been born with it or he could have traumatized himself. In addition he could be a Cocaine or heroine user. Auto immune diseses such as lupus or chrone disease may also cause problem .Infection may also be a cause. Seek help from your doctor.
Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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