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My child has a cleft palate. Why do I need to have my child’s hearing tested?

My child has a cleft palate. Why do I need to have my child’s hearing tested?

Cleft hearing: Most infants and young children with cleft palate have problems with ventilating ("popping") their middle ears. The middle ear fills with fluid and the child hears what we hear under water: that is not good for someone developing speech and language. Also bacteria like to grow in middle ear fluid and the infection can destroy the middle ear hearing apparatus. Normal speech needs normal hearing. ...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


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What is a cleft palate?

What is a cleft palate?

Birth defect: Cleft palate is a birth defect that affects the roof of the mouth. It is present in 1 out of 2500 people. ...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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Please help me? What is a cleft palate?

Please help me? What is a cleft palate?

Roof of mouth hole: When you are being formed in your mom, lots of parts start out separated and grow together. Your palate is one of these structures. Rarely, the two sides of the palate don't grow together and yoju are left with a cleft, a hole, there. ...Read more

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Is there funding for cleft palate repairs?

Is there funding for cleft palate repairs?

Cleft palate: You should check with a dental school
there are groups of oral surgeons and orthodontist s who specifically spend certain times to do these procedures
many times they volunteer their services. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of cleft palate?

Symptoms??: This is an anatomic condition where the nasal passage and oral passage are not separated. ...Read more

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How much should a baby with a cleft palate eat?

How much should a baby with a cleft palate eat?

Healthy diet: Your child should consume a normal caloric intake with possible increases and additional supplementation in the peri-operative periods. ...Read more

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Is cleft palate more common in asians, and why?

Cleft Palate has..: No known cause but it is believed to have a strong genetic predisposition. Either from one or both parents or as a genetic anomaly. So the reason why it is more common in asians could be due to genetic factors. ...Read more

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What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

Depends: A cleft palate repair is designed to close the cleft and re-orient the soft palate muscles to allow for normal speech development. Ideally, this is accomplished with one surgery. Around 20% of children with cleft palates will need a second surgery to improve nasal speech when they are 4-5 years old. Depending on the severity and whether the gums are involved, bone surgery may be needed later. ...Read more

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How does the procedure to fix a cleft palate work?

Surgeries...again...: Fixing a cleft palate typically requires a number of surgeries as the patient grows. These are usually bone grafting surgeries combined with a prosthetic called a palatal obturator (depending on the severity). Speach pathologists are frequently also involved. ...Read more

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Please describe the medical term for a cleft palate?

Please describe the medical term for a cleft palate?

Coloboma: I've not heard "cleft" being used in reference to the eye, but when used in reference to the lip or palate, for instance, it refers to incomplete developmental closure of the tissue. In the eye, that is called coloboma. There are different degrees from iris only to involvement of the retina and optic nerve. The latter can be associated with severe vision deficit. ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to feed a baby with a cleft palate?

Why is it difficult to feed a baby with a cleft palate?

Hole in top of mouth: The cleft of the palate prevents the baby from getting good, prolonged suction and will tire out quickly. There are a number of special cleft bottles that allow the baby to get milk easily without needing much suck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cleft palate?

What is the definition or description of: cleft palate?

Cleft palate 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 through the entire palate. Also called palatoschisis. ...Read more

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Who discovered cleft palate and where was it discovered?

Dr Le Monier -France: According to an article written by alexander hugh ferguson md in 1900 for the journal of the american medical association. A french dentist, named le monier in 1764, proposed for the first time to close the cleft in the soft palate by paring the edges and stitching them together. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having a second cleft palate child?

What are the chances of having a second cleft palate child?

~4%: The cited recurrence for a couple with one kid with cleft palate is 4%. Of interest, any pregnancy has ~4% risk of some unexpected outcome (inclusive of such things as prematurity, cp, etc.) this must be added to the specific risk. A counseling session with a geneticist may uncover other risks for a couple and or remove some existing fears. ...Read more

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What kinds of problems can my baby with a cleft palate have?

What kinds of problems can my baby with a cleft palate have?

Development, feeding: Unlike the isolated cleft lip, a child with a cleft palate (with or without a cleft lip)can have problems with feeding, hearing, speech and tooth/jaw development. A minority of cleft palate infants with a small lower jaw may also have breathing problems. A nurse specialist in cleft care should assist mother in developing a satisfactory feeing program for her infant shortly after birth. ...Read more

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Can you develop a cleft palate later in life or does it only exist when you're born?

Can you develop a cleft palate later in life or does it only exist when you're born?

Cleft palate: A cleft palate occurs early in pregnancy. It is a birth defect and cannot occur later in life. In rare cases, holes ("fistulas") can develop in the palate in an older individual from infections, use of Cocaine or direct injury. ...Read more

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What happens if you had a cleft palate when you were a baby can it effect your singing?

Cleft palate: Depending on the severity of the cleft and the surgical corrections it there could be some effects on speech and singing. But if it has not effected you yet, it will not effect you. ...Read more

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If my first child has a cleft palate what are the chances that my second child will as well?

If my first child has a cleft palate what are the chances that my second child will as well?

Need family history: The risk of having a second child with a cleft palate (without a cleft lip) is very low unless there is a family history of cleft palate or vision problems or arthritis. You should ask you child's cleft care team, or pediatrician, for a referral to a genetics counselor or a medical geneticist for recurrence information specific to your family. ...Read more

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What causes cleft palate in a baby?

What causes cleft palate in a baby?

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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What obstacles to overcome cleft palate?

What obstacles to overcome cleft palate?

Worrisome Emotions: There are specialists in cleft palate that can offer you an expert advice, and who will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Ask your pediatrician for referral. ...Read more

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How many surgeries to fix cleft palate in child?

Depends: That is a very difficult question and it depends on how much of the palate is affected. If it is a simple cleft, it can be repaired in one surgery. If it involves a lot of the roof of the mouth it might need to be done in stages. ...Read more

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Is surgery for soft cleft palate generally safe?

Is surgery for soft cleft palate generally safe?

Yes: It is a common surgery done usually at a children's hospital and is generally safe and successful to help the child with problems with eating and speech. ...Read more

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Cleft palate and palatine processes for surgery?

Good if needed: Have your orthodontist and your oral surgeon both review your situation. The co-ordination between the 2 of them generally gives better results. ...Read more

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Can a cleft palate be treated in someone over 21?

Primarily cosmetic: While cleft palate repair is not always essential for life, repair at an early age will help to minimize hearing, speech, and cosmetic stigma. However it is not uncommon to see individuals who have lived successful and productive lives with unrepaired clefts particularly when on medical missions in countries where health resources were not available to the locals unlike here in the usa. ...Read more

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What obstacles must one overcome with a cleft palate?

What obstacles must one overcome with a cleft palate?

A few possibilities: Cleft palate can lead to different problems in different people. Some have ear and hearing problems, tooth development and position, speech issues, early feeding issues, and sometimes psychological issues. It is best to be seen by a cleft team to help figure all of this out. ...Read more

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Has there any been any death from surgery for a cleft palate?

Yes, rare: There can be deaths from any surgical procedure; there can be adverse reactions to anesthesia, abnormal bleeding, infections etc. Fortunately such deaths are rare. You should discuss these concerns with a surgeon. ...Read more

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I wondered if anyone here does volunteer cleft palate surgery?

Shriner's Hospitals: The shriner's hospitals as well operation smile are wonderful organizations for finding cleft palate teams that offer their services at minimal costs to patients meeting their criteria. ...Read more

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Are there any long term complications to the cleft palate surgery?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the cleft, there can be growth restriction of the middle portion of the face that begins to show up as the child ages. Whether this is due to the surgery or some underlying problem with the facial bones is unknown, but scarring from the surgery (no matter what technique is used) is thought to contribute to the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Sampson
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