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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...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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How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

Cleft lip: A structural assessment of the growing fetus, called a level ii ultrasound or a targeted ultrasound, is usually done at 18 - 20 weeks gestation. Sometimes abnormal structures can be picked up earlier but not always. ...Read more

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What is the cause of unilateral cleft lip, submucus palate, tongue tie and bifid uvula in a female baby with first degree relatives parents?

What is the cause of unilateral cleft lip, submucus palate, tongue tie and bifid uvula in a female baby with first degree relatives parents?

Unknown: All 4 conditions can occur individually or in various combinations. Causes for congenital deformities (birth defects) can include environmental factors (maternal nutritional deficiencies), inherited factors as well as spontaneous mutations. Although incest is not common or considered advisable for humans, I am not aware of a specific correlation with orofacial deformities. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

Multifactorial: In most cases, the cause of cleft lip and cleft palate is unknown. These conditions cannot be prevented. Most scientists believe clefts are due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. ...Read more

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Is low folate why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Not known: There are neural tube defects related to low folate levels during pregnancy but cleft lip and palate is principally felt to be related to environmental toxins and/ or genetic inheritance. Folic acid deficiency is still being investigated as a possible cause. ...Read more

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Who made our baby develop a cleft lip/palate?

Sporadic event: Clcp defects occur sporadically in the population. The cause is unknown but there are a complex series of genes involved. A clcp parent has a 4% risk of a second child with the defect, & 2 clcp parents have about 8% risk of a child with a defect. Most occur in families with no history of prior defects. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

Some do this.: Some surgeons do taping prior to surgery, but most do not. There are other, more effective ways to bring the edges closer together prior to surgery if that is necessary. ...Read more

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If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

Depends on variables: Facial and palatal structures form over the 5th-10th weeks and clefting in either or both structures is evident during this process. Depending on the skill and equipment of the ultrasound tech, the cleft lip and palate may be seen. A cleft lip can occur without a cleft palate as can the opposite. Some minor clefting is hard to detect until delivery. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for correcting a cleft lip/palate in babies?

Surgery: Only surgery will correct cleft lip or palate. Most surgeons in the u.S will do the lip repair at about 6-10 weeks old, and the palate repair at 10-12 months old. Of course there are variations in this depending on the surgeon, the hospital, and the individual baby's situation. ...Read more

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Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Palate (Definition)

A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire ...Read more