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How do cleft lip and palate develop?

How do cleft lip and palate develop?

Failure of fusion: There are essentially three layers in the developing embryo and it is felt that failure of the middle layer to advance and fuse in the face (from the frontonasal process of the bronchial arches) maybe responsible. While socioeconomic factors and nutrition play a role, genetic factors are also contributory. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Thalassemia And Hemoglobinopathy (Definition)

Thalassemia is a type of hemoglobinopathy. It is inherited from one or both of your parents. There are many kind of thalassemia. Most causes anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia couod be severe requiring blood. Taking iron does not cure the disease. Thalassemia is common in people living in the mediteranian countries, africa, middle east, india, and sotheastern asia such ...Read more


Dr. Dinh Bui Dr. Bui
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Does one inherit cleft lip and palate?

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Does one inherit cleft lip and palate?

Yes: The cause for cleft lip/palate is both genetic and/or environmental factor. It is prevalent in native americans and asian. ...Read more

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What can you do for cleft lip and palate?

What can you do for cleft lip and palate?

Surgical repair: These defects are responsive ti a staged repair. Often the first work is done in early infancy to close the front defect in the lip & assist feeding. Palate repair can sometimes be delayed until the child is older & can better tolerate the work. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a cleft lip and palate?

What can I do to fix a cleft lip and palate?

Surgery: You will need to see a surgeon and have surgery completed to fix this. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cleft lip and palate?

Cleft li/palate: Cleft lip and cleft palate are not a disease. They are birth defects where the process of the face and mouth coming together early in the pregnancy has not been completed. ...Read more

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Any chance of passing on a cleft lip and palate?

Yes: Yes there is a genetic component and risk albeit low. Discuss with a genetics counselor. ...Read more

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How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

Very Successful: Cleft lip and palate surgeries have produced some very successful functional and esthetic results. The type of cleft, timing of surgery, skill of the surgeon, technique and materials used, are factors that can influence the surgical outcome. ...Read more

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Are there any mental/intellectual symptoms if you just have cleft lip and palate?

No: There are no mental or intellectual changes associated with an isolated cleft lip and/or palate. There may be changes if the cleft is part of a syndrome. ...Read more

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How hard is the surgery to fix a cleft lip and palate?

How hard is the surgery to fix a  cleft lip and palate?

Routine: There are usually a couple of offices in any metropolitan area that form cleft palate "teams". They are usually made up of ent, plastic and oral surgeons. In the hands of one of these experienced groups, the surgeries are becoming more and more routine. While some defects can be more difficult to correct, they have amazing success rates and excellent outcomes. ...Read more

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Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Yes: Many individuals that have had the surgeries to repair the clefts have gotten braces. However, the situation is different and is made more complex due to the cleft healing sights. Talk to an orthodontis or dentist to get more input and find your options. I think it is a good option. ...Read more

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Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surgeons do not feel that the risks of early (ie 0-4 weeks old) outweigh the theoretical benefits. So, repair at birth is frowned on by most cleft centers and surgeons. ...Read more

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What is the role of the dental exam in a cleft lip and palate?

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Preventive and relat: Lip, palate, teeth , gum are related as they are developmentally close to each other.Thats why often there may be problem with the growth of the reeth in cleft lip/cleft palate babies.Moreover, these children needs help from the begining to identify the problems with the teeth and treat it.So, in every cleft lip/cleft palate there is a pedodentist and or dentist. ...Read more

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I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. What caused it?

Unknown: No one really knows why this happens but it is common. Cleft lip and palate appear in one out of 700 live caucasian births in the United States. The clefts can be surgically repaired. ...Read more

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What does a dental assistant do in examining a cleft lip and palate?

Assist the dentist: The dental assistant usually has very little role. A dentist working with a cleft team will have his dental assistant aid him in dental reconstruction after any surgical repairs of the cleft have been done. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between Zofran (ondansetron) and cleft lip and palate?

No drug is safe: in pregnancy one line answer for any drug , if you can avoid any medication avoid it . but recent Danish study showed when compared to the exposed to non exposed pregnant woman no significant fetal malformation to those who took to those who did not take . Conclusion from the study NO ...Read more

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Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Absolutely: It is the only way to fix the defect. Results vary based upon the severity of the defect and the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a cleft lip and palate caused by mutation, translation, deletion or duplication?

All the above: The genetics for cleft lip and palate is only partially understood. There are a number of genetic mutations (deletions, duplications among them) that can be associated with clefting. There is no single genetic explanation. ...Read more

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

A few things: Pain, and the different feeling inside the mouth after cleft palate repair are the two biggest problems to be expected after cleft palate surgery. Cleft lip also adds a little more pain. The children also don't like the use of arm restraints, even though most of us surgeons use them after lip repair, and sometimes after palate repair. ...Read more

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42 with history of 2 children with cleft lip and palate with cerbralpalsy I am pregnant and really worried about it what are my chance of a normal ?

42 with history of 2 children with cleft lip and palate with cerbralpalsy  I am pregnant and really worried about  it what are my chance of a normal ?

Www.cleftline.org.: Or both parents could be carriers of an autosomal recessive disorder, or one parent could have an autosomal dominant disorder with variable expression. If the "cp" is hypotonic (low muscle tone), the children may have a connective tissue disorder.They do need a genetic evaluation. A 2nd-trimester high-resolution fetal ultrasound may show a cleft lip;3-d fus may be needed to see a cleft palate. ...Read more

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How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

Cleft : Cleft lip and/or palate is one of the most common birth defects in america, affecting about 1 in 800 children. This condition is characterized by a minor or significant separation of the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth. The surgery performed to correct this condition is called a palatoplasty. Most plastic surgeons recommend a palatoplast be performed between 6 months to 18 months and the decision to perform this surgery is based on the extent of the birth defect, the child's age, speech development, facial growth and risk. While many parents wish for the surgery to occur earlier, most sugeries occur around 10-12 months of age. This age is ideal due to healing times at this age. Also, the area around the affected facial are hasn't had much time to grow, which can help speed up the recovery time. Children at this age may also not recall the surgery later in life. At this age, speech development is still in its infancy. It has been found that children who undergo this procedure after the age of three are prone to having speech development issues. There is always risk involved with any surgery. Work with your doctor to determine the best path for your child and his/her surgery to determine best timing for this procedure. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not ...Read more