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Cleft Lip And Palate Family History Of Cleft Lip Or 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rare in the U.S.: Most children born with cleft lips or palates in the U.S. Have them repaired when they are still infants. However, it is possible to see adults in some developing countries who never had the opportunity to have surgery as a child. Often they are social outcasts because of their appearance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cleft palate: Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur individually or as a combined birth defect. Early surgical intervention can be done to fix either or both problems. Your local dental society or state dental association should be able to help you find a surgeon to repair the defect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Are talking about the immediate effects of surgery? (swelling, pain, etc.) or are you asking about normal appearance and function (i.e. Looking like someone without a cleft?). Your child will always have scars from the repair. Unusually the short-term effects of the surgery go away in a week or two. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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