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What is a cleft lip or palate?

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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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 is the definition or description of: cleft lip and palate repair?

Medical Team: Cleft lip and palate repair requires a medical team made up of several specailists. The end goal is to surgically repair the defect in a way that maintains functionality of lips, palate, and associated structures, as well as to create an esthetic looking result. Repair may includes surgery and may require appliance wear as well as other therapies along the way. ...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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What is a simple definition of cleft lip and palate?

See below: Cleft lip and palate is a failure of the upper lip and roof of mouth to fuse together during envelopment in the mother's womb. When the child is born, the upper lip and palate will have a split that results in a hole between the mouth and the nose. ...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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What is the difference between a cleft lip and palate?

What is the difference between a cleft lip and palate?

Related but separate: A cleft, in general, refers to the incomplete or complete fusion of tissue during embryo development. A cleft lip refers to the incomplete or complete fusion of the upper lip skin and muscle, whereas the palate is the hard and soft tissue at the roof of the mouth. These structures are separate but can be associated with each other. ...Read more

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How common do newborns have a cleft lip or palate?

About 1:1000 babies: It depends on the ethnic group, the family and pregnancy history, etc. Some asian groups have as high as 1 in 250 births with cleft, caucasians about 1 in 1000, and black africans about 1 in 1200 births. ...Read more

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Is it common for adults to have cleft lip and cleft palate?

Is it common for adults to have cleft lip and cleft palate?

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 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 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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Is having a cleft lip and palate common?

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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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How bad is cleft lip?

Easily treatable: Cleft lip is a birth defect in which the upper lip has an opening that may or may not communicate with the nose. It is usually treated by 3 months at age with remarkably good results. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cleft lip and palate?

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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What is the best treatment for cleft lip or palate?

What is the best treatment for cleft lip or palate?

Surgical repair: While there are other options other than surgery like obturators, surgery is by far the best option in children. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cleft lip and a harelip?

None.: "cleft lip" is the more commonly used term today, but they refer to the same condition. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cleft palate and lip?

See below: The palate is the hard and soft portions of the roof of your mouth. Some people will only have a cleft palate or an isolated cleft lip, but most people have a cleft that involves both. ...Read more

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What is treacher collins syndrome? Can it cause a cleft palate?

What is treacher collins syndrome? Can it cause a cleft palate?

Yes: Like any syndrome, treacher collins can have a number of different features associated with it. Cleft palate as well as other distinguishing features: small zygomatic bones and mandibles, external ear abnormalities, coloboma (notching) of the lower eyelid, absence of the lower eyelashes, and preauricular hair displacement onto the cheeks. About 40%-50% of individuals have conductive hearing loss. ...Read more

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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, this congenital condition is characterized by a gap, or fissure, in the ...Read more


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

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