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Doctor insights on: Congenital Abnormalities Cleft Lip Palate

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How common is a cleft lip/palate ?

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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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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How do teenagers deal with cleft lip/palate?

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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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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My baby will have a Microarray analysis b/c he was born with a cleft lip/palate. Doc also noticed upslanting & epicanthal folds. Will test detect DS?

My baby will have a Microarray analysis b/c he was born with a cleft lip/palate. Doc also noticed upslanting & epicanthal folds. Will test detect DS?

Yes: Your concern is Down's and this will be detected with a chromosomal analysis The condition is caused by an extra chromosome #21. Looking for this is now routine and will answer the question for you. ...Read more

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Any tips for someone with a cleft lip & palate?

Any tips for someone with a cleft lip & palate?

Go to a cleft team: Check out clefline.Org for cleft teams near you, and get a full evaluation. You may benefit from facial plastic surgery, speech intervention, orthodontic treatment, oral surgery, etc. The best way to find out is to see a team, and not just individual specialists. ...Read more

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My brother was born with a cleft lip/palate but i was not. Is this hereditary?

Multifactorial: The complete answer is not understood. Genetics, environment ethnicity and nutrition do play a part. ...Read more

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What are the odds of trisomy 18 with 4 cysts, short finger and a cleft lip/palate?

What are the odds of trisomy 18 with 4 cysts, short finger and a cleft lip/palate?

Odds Not Great: The symptoms given can be found with several congenital chromosomal anomalies & do not point specifically to Trisomy 18. Palatal cleft is more commonly seen with Trisomy 13, Short fingers are commonly seen with Trisomy 21. Type of "cysts" is not given. Each Trisomy has reconizable features but there is overlap. A detailed exam by Pediatrician or Geneticst is needed to assess these findings. ...Read more

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What is a "cleft lip/palate team"?

What is a "cleft lip/palate team"?

Diverse, expert team: A cleft lip/palate team is a group of healthcare providers with expertise in evaluation and management of cleft lip with or without cleft palate. These usually include: audiology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, dentistry, ear/nose/throat surgery, nursing, ophthalmology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, psychology, speech therapy and a patient coordinator. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a cleft lip/palate?

How to tell if you have a cleft lip/palate?

Visible: The lip would be easily visible just looking at the person. The palate would need to be examined intraorally and should also be very visible as a hole in the roof of the mouth. They are not always both present. It usually is taken care of with surgery at a very young age. ...Read more

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Is cleft lip/palate more predominant in low-income countries?

Cleft lip: I don't think so, but there is definitely some inhereted aspect of this deformity. Low income countries may not pay attention to the inheritance of this disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

Some do this.: Some surgeons do taping prior to surgery, but most do not. There are other, more effective ways to bring the edges closer together prior to surgery if that is necessary. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for correcting a cleft lip/palate in babies?

Surgery: Only surgery will correct cleft lip or palate. Most surgeons in the u.S will do the lip repair at about 6-10 weeks old, and the palate repair at 10-12 months old. Of course there are variations in this depending on the surgeon, the hospital, and the individual baby's situation. ...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

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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Which antihypertensive drugs that can cause cleft lip/palate if taken during pregnancy?

Which antihypertensive drugs that can cause cleft lip/palate if taken during pregnancy?

ACEi/ ARBs: Not sure there's a drug that links specifically to cleft lip but it is clear that you should avoid ACE Inhibitors and ARBs during pregnancy due to heart and kidney abnormalities that can occur. ...Read more

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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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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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