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Ultrasound detected a cleft lip, will it go away on its own?

Ultrasound detected a cleft lip, will it go away on its own?

No: Cleft lip must be repaired surgically but there are some experiments in treating this in-utero or before the baby is born. This results in a scarless repair. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Should i be concerned if my 20 week ultrasound detected a cleft lip on our baby. Has anyone else experienced this?

Should i be concerned if my 20 week ultrasound detected a cleft lip on our baby. Has anyone else experienced this?

Visit cleft doctor: If the cleft was found on ultrasound, then this means the baby has a cleft lip, and maybe cleft palate. The cleft palate can rarely be seen on ultrasound. You should visit with the coordinator or team leader of your local cleft team to get all the information you want. You can find a local cleft team through the american cleft palate association (or cleft palate foundation) online. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have been told that my prenatal ultrasound shows a cleft lip and, maybe, a cleft p

See specialist: Modern ultasounography can accurately identify a birth defect (split) of the lip ("cleft lip"), as long as the baby cooperates by not hiding it's face. Your OB will probably refer you to either a genetics counsellor and/or a pediatric plastic surgeon for more information about what cleft lip and cleft palate (a split in the roof of the mouth)are and how they are managed after birth. ...Read more

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How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

Cleft lip: A structural assessment of the growing fetus, called a level ii ultrasound or a targeted ultrasound, is usually done at 18 - 20 weeks gestation. Sometimes abnormal structures can be picked up earlier but not always. ...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

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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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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What is a cleft lip?

A cleft in the lip: Cleft lip is a congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. A cleft of a tissue/groove is usually seen on the upper front lip. Often doctors will look for other deformities like a cleft palate. Such a deformity is treated easily with a good medical team. ...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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Is it painful to have a cleft lip?

No: Cleft lip is not painful. It is normal for that baby! sometimes the lip edges get a bit dried out, and the gums also, but this doesn't cause pain. ...Read more

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Please suggest some treatment options for cleft lip.

Please suggest some treatment options for cleft lip.

Only one: Surgery be an asps plastic surgeon especially one who is part of a team w orthodontist speech pathologist etc. ...Read more

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How hard is the surgery to fix a cleft lip and palate?

How hard is the surgery to fix a  cleft lip and palate?

Routine: There are usually a couple of offices in any metropolitan area that form cleft palate "teams". They are usually made up of ent, plastic and oral surgeons. In the hands of one of these experienced groups, the surgeries are becoming more and more routine. While some defects can be more difficult to correct, they have amazing success rates and excellent outcomes. ...Read more

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What can I do for my 3 year old with cleft lip and palate?

What can I do for my 3 year old with cleft lip and palate?

Good cleft team: As was mentioned, a hospital with a good cleft team is what you need. Riley hospital in indianapolis has a great team as well, but that may be a bit far for you. It takes a team of surgeons, doctors, speech therapists, and prosthodontists working together to optimally treat this condition. ...Read more

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Does having a cleft lip or palate affect the way your kiss?

Does having a cleft lip or palate affect the way your kiss?

Psychologically: It is more psychological rather than physical. Cleft lips, with or without cleft palate, affected speech. It is generally accepted that the later the palate is close, the worse the speech (sell 1992). ...Read more

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I was born with a cleft lip and palate. What to do about it?

I was born with a cleft lip and palate. What to do about it?

First, have a: Consult with a plastic surgeon and/or an oral /maxillofacial surgeon. Your general dentist may have referral suggestions. Your options regarding the lip/palate can be discussed and recommendations for treatment can be explained. Learn all you can about your specific issues before making decisions and choosing treatment path. Good luck. ...Read more

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Any ideas why my cleft lip appears more prominent in photos?

Could be: Shadowing from a different angle of light or aybe you just look at yourself more as you imagine others do when it's a photop. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

Surgery: Surgery will close up the clefts. See an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon for treatment discussions. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

Rehabilitation: involves the action of a multidisciplinary team like pediatrician, ENT, Orthodontist, plastic surgeon,psychologist and related specialties. ...Read more

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Can someone have a complete cleft palate and not have any cleft lip?

Cleft palate: Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur individually or as a combined birth defect. Early surgical intervention can be done to fix either or both problems. Your local dental society or state dental association should be able to help you find a surgeon to repair the defect. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

Multifactorial: In most cases, the cause of cleft lip and cleft palate is unknown. These conditions cannot be prevented. Most scientists believe clefts are due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. ...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


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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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