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

Dr. Dinh Bui Dr. Bui
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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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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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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 a cleft lip and cleft palate?

What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?

Incomplete closure: During development of the fetus the palate and upper lip start separated from each other. During development the palate and lip come together and ultimately fuse. Rarely the palate doesn't fuse leading to a space between the two sides (cleft palate) or the lip doesn't fuse (cleft lip) or both fail to fuse (cleft lip and palate). ...Read more

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Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?

Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?

Feeding, then speech: Cleft lip is usually just an appearance issue, but cleft palate can result in early problems feeding, and later with speech. Other problems with teeth, etc can also arise. ...Read more

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Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

Depends on linkage: Cleft lip & palate are influenced by several genes & not passed as dominant or recessive traits. The chance of having a second child with a cl&p s quoted as ~4% while the chances of a cl&p parent having an affected child is ~6%. ...Read more

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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

Prevent cleft lip...: Many cases of cleft lip and palate cannot be prevented. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy can lower you risk of having a baby with a cleft lip. Use of multivitamin or prenatal vitamins including Folic Acid during pregnancy or if you are planning to get pregnant may prevent cleft lip and cleft palate. ...Read more

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How common do newborns have a cleft lip or palate?

About 1:1000 babies: It depends on the ethnic group, the family and pregnancy history, etc. Some asian groups have as high as 1 in 250 births with cleft, caucasians about 1 in 1000, and black africans about 1 in 1200 births. ...Read more

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What is treacher collins syndrome? Can it cause a cleft palate?

What is treacher collins syndrome? Can it cause a cleft palate?

Yes: Like any syndrome, treacher collins can have a number of different features associated with it. Cleft palate as well as other distinguishing features: small zygomatic bones and mandibles, external ear abnormalities, coloboma (notching) of the lower eyelid, absence of the lower eyelashes, and preauricular hair displacement onto the cheeks. About 40%-50% of individuals have conductive hearing loss. ...Read more

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What causes cleft palate in a baby?

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Familial,environment: Multifactorial with genetic and environmental factors play major roles. Cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, are due to a failure of fusion of the medial nasal, lateral nasal, and maxillary processes on one or both side. Isolated clefts of the secondary palate are due to failure of palatal shelves to fuse. Must distinguished between isolated deformities or part of a syndrome. ...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 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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Is there a charity for babies born with cleft palate or deformed lip?

Operation smile: Operationsmile.Org is an international charity that helps children with cleft lip and palate. 1-888-677-6453. ...Read more

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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be repaired?

Cleft repair: Yes, both cleft lip and cleft palate can be repaired. The website of the cleft palate foundation ( http://www.Cleftline.Org/ ) has useful information about cleft surgery and other aspect of cleft care. ...Read more

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How frequently do cleft lips and cleft palates occur?

How frequently do cleft lips and cleft palates occur?

It depends on a lot.: Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in 1000 risk of cleft lip and or palate, Africans about 1 in 1200, some Asians as high as 1 in 300. ...Read more

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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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Is having a cleft lip and palate common?

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Is having a cleft lip and palate common?

Common birth defect: Cleft lip(cl) and palate (CP) are among the most common of all congenital deformity. The incicence is rising due to environmental teratogens, lower neonatal mortality, increased marriage and child bearing among cleft patients. They are most common in american indian(3.7/1000), japanese (2.7/1000), chinese (2/1000), caucasian (1.7/1000), black (.4/1000). Cl more common in male, CP more in female. ...Read more

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Can a palate expander fix a cleft palate?

Can a palate expander fix a cleft palate?

Not it's job: Palatal expander used to widen a narrow upper jaw. It does not correct a cleft, but properly repositions the 2 halves of the upper jaw from side-to-side. Repair of the cleft usually means some surgery. Talk to the cleft team about what's being done and why. ...Read more

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What other preparations are done before unilateral cleft lip and palate repair? My newborn daughter has a cleft lip that extends up to her nose, and she has a large separation in her palate. How often are both the cleft lip and palate corrected in the ini

What other preparations are done before unilateral cleft lip and palate repair? My newborn daughter has a cleft lip that extends up to her nose, and she has a large separation in her palate. How often are both the cleft lip and palate corrected in the ini

Talk to the surgeon: With any type of surgery, it is best to have a thorough discussion with the surgeon who will perform the procedure. That person will want to answer all of you questions so that you are completely knowledgeable about every aspect of the procedures to be performed. ...Read more

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What causes a cleft palate?

What causes a cleft palate?

Cleft palate: Cleft palate can consist of the hard or soft palate. It develops due to a failure of fusion in facial development during the first trimester. There are a number factors - both genetic and environmental- that have been associated with these conditions. ...Read more

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Williams Syndrome (Definition)

Neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by loquacious personality, abnormally sensitive hearing, supravalvular aortic stenosis, mental retardation, elfin facies, association with hypercalcemia due to abnormal sensitivity to vitamin d, idiopathic hypercalcemia of pregnancy. Due to deletion in elastin gene and probably several ...Read more


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