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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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Dr. Richard Roberts
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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


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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

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...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