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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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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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I am looking for information for cleft lip and palate repair.Can anyone help me?

I am looking for information for cleft lip and palate repair.Can anyone help me?

ACP-CPF: The american cleft palate-craniofacial foundation has an excellent web site with information about these disorders (http://www.Acpa-cpf.Org). Also, if there is a university hospital close to you, check there. These are usually handled through multispecialty clinics that bring a number of disciplines together to manage these patients. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had one child with clieft lip. What is the chance of having another cleft lip and palate?

I had one child with clieft lip. What is the chance of having another cleft lip and palate?

Reference quotes 4%: If you haven't done so already it is often helpful to parents to explore the risks associated with pregnancy with their dr or a genetic counselor. The frequency of some unexpected outcome in any pregnancy approaches 4%. A detailed look at the family tree on both sides may help u . Your risk in a 2nd pregnancy would push your risk of a surprise higher than that 4% but the CP risk would stay at 4%. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cleft lip and palate, im a women if that helps, what's the chance that my child will have it too?

What to do if I have a cleft lip and palate, im a women if that helps, what's the chance that my child will have it too?

Small: If you are the only affected family member with a clcp, then your risk for having a child with clcp is about 2-5%. http://www.cleftline.org/docs/booklets/gen-01.pdf. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cleft lip and palate and it's makes me feel so self conscious!?

What to do if I have a cleft lip and palate and it's makes me feel so self conscious!?

Contact ACPA : The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on birth defects of the head and face. You may contact them for the referral near you. Here is the link: http://www.acpa-cpf.org/who_we_are/ Good luck. ...Read more

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How common is a cleft lip/palate ?

Depends.: Different ethnic groups have different rates. Caucasians about 1 in 1000, black africans about 1 in 600, certain asians as high as 1 in 250. Some families have high rates. ...Read more

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How do teenagers deal with cleft lip/palate?

A team approach: You will need support groups, great parents, teachers and a solid medical team. ...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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Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

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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I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. What caused it?

Unknown: No one really knows why this happens but it is common. Cleft lip and palate appear in one out of 700 live caucasian births in the United States. The clefts can be surgically repaired. ...Read more

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Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Absolutely: It is the only way to fix the defect. Results vary based upon the severity of the defect and the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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Does anyone have speech therapy for a cleft lip and palate?

Lip no, palate yes: Generally isolated cleft lip patients do not require speech therapy and, generally, patients with cleft palate do as this affects normal speech development. These problems are generally handled in multispecialty clinics with many disciplines working together: plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, speech therapists, orthodontists, etc. ...Read more

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What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

Clefts and Jaw Sx: In cleft patients, it is common for the maxilla to fail to develop along normal growth patterns, a lot of this has to do with scarring from previous surgeries. In order to correct for this underdevelopment of the upper jaw, orthognathic surgery is performed. Typically, the upper jaw is advanced forward, and because it is a bilateral cleft, it will technically be a three-piece segmental LeFort. ...Read more

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I am looking for an excellent surgeon to repair a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What should I search for?

I am looking for an excellent surgeon to repair a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What should I search for?

Cleft surgeons: I suggest looking at the nearest academic hospital and calling to see if they have a craniofacial team experienced in cleft lip and palate repair. The team will include the surgeon, ent, dentist, speech therapist, nurse, and social worker, all of whom will have had significant experience in treating these children and assisting their families. In the nyc area, i recommend nyu. Best, /nsn. ...Read more

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Is a cleft lip/palate a genetic condition?

Is a cleft lip/palate a genetic condition?

It can be: We often classify patients with cleft lip and palate as having syndromic or non-syndromic conditions. Syndromic clp typically will have some genetic basis. It is important for a child with clp to be treated by a multi-disciplinary team which would include a geneticist that can help sort out this question for an individual child. ...Read more

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Is low folate (folic acid) why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Not known: There are neural tube defects related to low folate (folic acid) 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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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


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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