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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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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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What do you do for me? I am a 45 year old female.I am suffering from cleft lip and cleft nose.I have had some plastic surgery, but I am not happy.I think, another plastic surgery is necessary for me. I can send my picture to you.Would you please help me?

What do you do for me? I am a 45 year old female.I am suffering from cleft lip and cleft nose.I have had some plastic surgery, but I am not happy.I think, another plastic surgery is necessary for me. I can send my picture to you.Would you please help me?

In : In my experience, surgery for repair of cleft lip/palate nasal deformities can be quite challenging even in the best of hands. Usually by the time an individual is at the adult stage, it is not uncommon for multiple surgeries on the lip and nose to have been accomplished. My suggestion is to find a plastic surgeon who is affiliated with a cleft palate team or at least one who has extensive experience in cleft rhinoplasty repair. While sending a picture of yourself would be helpful, it is most important to have a thorough exam of both the outside and inside of your nose to make the best recommendations. Finally, if it is at all possible to have access to your past operative records, this would be most helpful for the next surgeon to review. This would allow him/her to see what cartilage and or implants may have been placed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip or palate?

Opening lip/palate: Cleft lip is an opening in the skin and muscle of the upper lip and is a birth defect. Cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It can be partial or complete. You can have cleft lip or palate with or without the other. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip and palate is?

What is a cleft lip and palate is?

Birth defect: A cleft is a birth defect that occurs when the tissues of the lip and/or palate of the fetus do not fuse very early in pregnancy. A cleft lip, sometimes referred to as a harelip, is an opening in the upper lip that can extend into the base of the nostril. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. ...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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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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What can you do for cleft lip and palate?

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?

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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How involved is the surgery for a cleft lip?

How involved is the surgery for a cleft lip?

Depends on the type: Bilateral cleft lip is usually more complicated than single sided clefting. In the hands of and experienced surgeon, the surgery could take from 30 mins to 2-3 hours. Most children stay 1 night in the hospital. ...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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Is it possible to kiss if I have a cleft lip?

Of course: Yes, for sure. But if it isn't fixed, you are never too old to have this fixed or revised. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is cleft lip a serious condition?

Not really: While it requires surgery to correct, it is not as serious as say some heart defects in that it is usually not life-threatening. Of course if it is you or your loved one who suffers from this condition, you don't think lightly of it! ...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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Is it true that only babies can have cleft lip?

Sort of: Cleft lip is a birth defect, and is always present at birth. It cannot develop later. Not all people are able to get their cleft lip repaired as babies, and so we often repair cleft lips at whatever age the patient comes in. This is commonly done even in adults in developing nations. ...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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How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

Very Successful: Cleft lip and palate surgeries have produced some very successful functional and esthetic results. The type of cleft, timing of surgery, skill of the surgeon, technique and materials used, are factors that can influence the surgical outcome. ...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


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

A lip that ...Read more