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Should i be concerned if my 20 week ultrasound detected a cleft lip on our baby. Has anyone else experienced this?

Should i be concerned if my 20 week ultrasound detected a cleft lip on our baby. Has anyone else experienced this?

Visit cleft doctor: If the cleft was found on ultrasound, then this means the baby has a cleft lip, and maybe cleft palate. The cleft palate can rarely be seen on ultrasound. You should visit with the coordinator or team leader of your local cleft team to get all the information you want. You can find a local cleft team through the american cleft palate association (or cleft palate foundation) online. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can a fetus develop a cleft lip after 21 weeks? Just had my 35 week ultrasound and there's a big line in the upper lip in her face pictures. Worried

Can a fetus develop a cleft lip after 21 weeks?  Just had my 35 week ultrasound and there's a big line in the upper lip in her face pictures.  Worried

No: The direct answer to your question is no. Cleft lip is a defect of development that occurs early. It is typically discovered at your 20 week ultrasound, and if good pictures were obtained at that time, then you have little to worry about. It is not something that can occur at 35 weeks, but would conceivably be discovered at that time if not seen earlier. ...Read more

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Ultrasound detected a cleft lip, will it go away on its own?

No: Cleft lip must be repaired surgically but there are some experiments in treating this in-utero or before the baby is born. This results in a scarless repair. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have been told that my prenatal ultrasound shows a cleft lip and, maybe, a cleft p

See specialist: Modern ultasounography can accurately identify a birth defect (split) of the lip ("cleft lip"), as long as the baby cooperates by not hiding it's face. Your OB will probably refer you to either a genetics counsellor and/or a pediatric plastic surgeon for more information about what cleft lip and cleft palate (a split in the roof of the mouth)are and how they are managed after birth. ...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?

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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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 odds a baby born with cleft lip/ pallet while taking lamotrigine 50 mg. 6 weeks pregnant. Been on it since mid feb.

What are the odds a baby born with cleft lip/ pallet while taking lamotrigine 50 mg. 6 weeks pregnant. Been on it since mid feb.

Data varies: The data is inconclusive. Multiple studies have investigate this with mixed results. This tells us that there may be a small increase risk but if there is it is very small. The known risk of untreated bipolar disorder or seizure disorder likely outweighs the theoretical risk of medication exposure. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant. Been taking lamotrigine 50 mg since mid february. Could my baby already developed a cleft lip/pallate? At this early in pregnancy?

6 weeks pregnant. Been taking lamotrigine 50 mg since mid february. Could my baby already developed a cleft lip/pallate? At this early in pregnancy?

Unlikely: While many anti-epileptic drugs do have an increased risk of birth defects, Lamictal has not yet been shown to have any issues despite extensive testing. Do also keep in mind that seizures themselves are harmful to the fetus, and continuing your medication is critical. I would highly recommend seeing your neurologist on a regular basis during your pregnancy to make sure that blood levels are ok. ...Read more

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Would my baby have a cleft lip/pallet if i had one?

Would my baby have a cleft lip/pallet if i had one?

10%: If you have a cleft palate, there is a 14% chance that your baby will have one. However, if you have a syndrome in which there is a cleft palate the incidence may increase. ...Read more

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Supposing someone has a cleft lip. What are the chances their child will have one too?

Depends: If there is an isolate cleft lip without palate - between 4-10%. If there is a palate associated, risks increase from 10-50% depending if the is a syndrome associated. ...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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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 one inherit cleft lip and palate?

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?

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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How do integrative doctors treat cleft lip?

How do integrative doctors treat cleft lip?

Integrative TEAM: A single doctor is integrated into a team. Cleft lips generally don't require much integration. Once repaired, a cleft lip usually has few long term sequelae other than the scars from the repair. A cleft palate (with or without cleft lip) requires a team approach which often involves facial plastic surgeons, ent's, speech pathologist, and other specialists based on other needs of the patient. ...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 is the of logan bar to cleft lip repair?

Protective: Logan bar protects the lip from repair, many plastic surgeons no longer use it. In fact, with over 30 yearsof cleft experience, i don't think I have ever seen it used. ...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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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


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, it is 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 ...Read more