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).
A defect. Or failure of the lip and/or palate to close during develoent of the fetus. The two sides of the face come together and join a structure called the pre maxilla to form a normal face. Failure to fuse results in a cleft.
Fissures. Cleft lip and palate are fissures or opennings. They are developmental defects that occur prior to birth. They are very disfiguring, but can be corrected through surgery. Many times several surgeries are needed.
Not closeed properly. A cleft lip and a cleft palate are conditions when the lip and/or palate don't come together properly. There left is a malformation in both and possibly even holes that need to be fixed. They do make obturators to help with keeping the palatial situation to a minimum until surgery can be done. The lip likewise can be repaired with surgery at almost any time.

Related Questions

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...
No. Cl/p develop during pregnancy and can be screen prenatal by taking transvaginal ultrasound at 18-20 weeks gestation. In the abscence of other fetal abnormailities (isolated clefts), only 40% cl/p are detected because of the fetal position often prevented good visualization of face. Hand and umbilical cord often lie immediately in front of the face in utero. Read more...

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...

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

Not much. If you child's cleft palate has been repaired, his team did a terrific job. Please rephrase your question if you need further info. Read more...
Rehabilitation. involves the action of a multidisciplinary team like pediatrician, ENT, Orthodontist, plastic surgeon,psychologist and related specialties. Read more...
Suggest ?????? You get the most from this site when you provide detailed background on a current problem and ask a specific related question. What about your kids repair are you interested in ? When you ask a broad question we cannot focus on specifics. The only reasonable response to your query is to follow up with your kids docs. You are welcome to start over. questions are not linked. Read more...

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...
Definitely yes. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip or a cleft palate or both. CDC recently estimated that, each year in the United States, about 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate. Parker SE, Mai CT, Canfield MA, Rickard R, Wang Y, Meyer RE, Anderson P, Mason CA, Collins JS, Kirby RS, Correa A. Read more...

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

Cleft. Tissue heals in 7-10 days. Bone takes 12 weeks. Your son should be back to normal activity depending on the size of the cleft in3-4 weeks please check with the surgeon. Read more...

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until it goes back to normal?

Depends. Depends on the extend of the necessary repair. Ask the surgeon that did the repair. Read more...
Depends. Are talking about the immediate effects of surgery? (swelling, pain, etc.) or are you asking about normal appearance and function (i.e. Looking like someone without a cleft?). Your child will always have scars from the repair. Unusually the short-term effects of the surgery go away in a week or two. Read more...