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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

Not at all: The lip & palate structures form and finish between 5 & 12 wks. There is no way they can undo what is complete. A well trained sonographer can detect a cleft by 16-20 wks. Any line you see likely represents a fold of skin caused by the various pressures of the womb on the baby. Your doc should be able to get these pics & explain them. ...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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What do I do if I have been told that my prenatal ultrasound shows a cleft lip and, maybe, a cleft p

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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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

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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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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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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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Do a sonogram show cleft lip?

Yes: High resolution sonograms can help to identify a cleft lip and/or palate. ...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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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 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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Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Yes: Many individuals that have had the surgeries to repair the clefts have gotten braces. However, the situation is different and is made more complex due to the cleft healing sights. Talk to an orthodontis or dentist to get more input and find your options. I think it is a good option. ...Read more

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What to do if my cleft lip scar tears?

What to do if my cleft lip scar tears?

Unlikely, but...: ...In the event of that happening, see your local plastic surgeon for a repair or scar revision. ...Read more

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What can I do about my cleft lip scar?

Surgery, laser, meds: Depending on how recent and how bad the scar is, you might benefit form laser or medication to put on it or injected. There is always the possibility of surgical revision also. You should see a cleft surgeon. I know there are very good cleft surgeons at chapel hill, nc right next door to you. ...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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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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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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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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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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Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surgeons do not feel that the risks of early (ie 0-4 weeks old) outweigh the theoretical benefits. So, repair at birth is frowned on by most cleft centers and surgeons. ...Read more

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What are the screening methods for cleft lip on baby?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound in the second trimester should pick up a cleft lip, but will usually not be able to tell about cleft palate. ...Read more

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Bilateral cleft lip- searching for experienced surgeon?

Bilateral cleft lip: Treatment of bilateral cleft lip is best performed by a surgeon that specializes in cleft surgery and has done additional craniofacial surgery training. If you live near a university hospital, there should be an experienced cleft surgeon at the affiliated children's hospital. Your pediatrician should be able to assist you with finding an experienced cleft surgeon in your area. ...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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What is the role of the dental exam in a cleft lip and palate?

Preventive and relat: Lip, palate, teeth, gum are related as they are developmentally close to each other. That's why often there may be problem with the growth of the reeth in cleft lip/cleft palate babies. Moreover, these children needs help from the begining to identify the problems with the teeth and treat it. So, in every cleft lip/cleft palate there is a pedodentist and or dentist. ...Read more

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I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. What caused it?

Unknown: No one really knows why this happens but it is common. Cleft lip and palate appear in one out of 700 live caucasian births in the United States. The clefts can be surgically repaired. ...Read more

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What does a dental assistant do in examining a cleft lip and palate?

Assist the dentist: The dental assistant usually has very little role. A dentist working with a cleft team will have his dental assistant aid him in dental reconstruction after any surgical repairs of the cleft have been done. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a cleft lip can form after 5 months of pregnancy?

Could find it: The cleft lip would have been present all along but a doctor could find it or see it for the first time at 5 months. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways of reducing scarring after a cleft lip surgery?

Are there any good ways of reducing scarring after a cleft lip surgery?

Yes: Some treatments offered before surgery (nasoalveloar molding, or nam) can help lessen the scarring afterwards. Sometimes, scars will need to be revised surgically to get the best outcome, but this is fortunately not common. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between Zofran (ondansetron) and cleft lip and palate?

No drug is safe: In pregnancy one line answer for any drug, if you can avoid any medication avoid it. But recent Danish study showed when compared to the exposed to non exposed pregnant woman no significant fetal malformation to those who took to those who did not take. Conclusion from the study NO ...Read more

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Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Is corrective surgery a very successful solution for a cleft lip and palate?

Absolutely: It is the only way to fix the defect. Results vary based upon the severity of the defect and the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a cleft lip and palate caused by mutation, translation, deletion or duplication?

All the above: The genetics for cleft lip and palate is only partially understood. There are a number of genetic mutations (deletions, duplications among them) that can be associated with clefting. There is no single genetic explanation. ...Read more

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I would like to know more about bilateral cleft lip and palet. Care and treatments :)?

I would like to know more about bilateral cleft lip and palet. Care and treatments :)?

Team approach: Best treated by a team of professionals lead by plastic surgery and including orthodontist, pediatrician, ENT, speech pathologist, audiologist, genetic counselor, social worker, etc, usu @ a university. Reconstruction continues over years in stages. Check out plastic surgery. Org and cleftline. Org ...Read more

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Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

Language & ear: Infants with cleft lip or palate may have difficulty learning how to speak. Cleft palate impacts a child’s vocal development because the alveolar ridge is fissured and oral muscles are displaced. Due to the fissure and the resulting impact on the nasal cavity, children with cleft palate are especially prone to ear infections. ...Read more

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Twin has a cleft lip and a small chin (which is known as micrognathia). How do you treat this?

Twin has a cleft lip and a small chin (which is known as micrognathia). How do you treat this?

Lip repair first: If this is an infant. Usually about 3 months of age. The small chin should not be addressed until growth is complete. If this is a newborn, it is best to have the child evaluated and followed by a multidisciplinary cleft lip and palate team. The ACPA had a list of teams. ...Read more

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

A few things: Pain, and the different feeling inside the mouth after cleft palate repair are the two biggest problems to be expected after cleft palate surgery. Cleft lip also adds a little more pain. The children also don't like the use of arm restraints, even though most of us surgeons use them after lip repair, and sometimes after palate repair. ...Read more

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